Do you instantly know how to fix things? Do enjoy working with your hands? Do you like the smell of wood?

A carpenter measures a piece of wood Photo by Ryno Marais on Unsplash

Carpentry is in high demand! If you enjoy working with your hands and building things, this might be the job for you.

What does a carpenter do?

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A carpenter is anyone who builds objects with timber. They're involved throughout the building process, starting with the basic layout and ending with finishing touches on houses or commercial buildings.


  • cut and shape wood and other construction materials

  • use hand tools or machines and power saws to build frameworks and structures

  • install foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs

  • fit and install windows and doors

  • build/repair cabinets, frameworks, floors, doors, windows, etc.

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Cleaning up worksite debris

  • Studying building plans to prepare project layout

  • Removing damaged sections of structures

  • Repairing or replacing sections of structures using hand tools

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Consider the people below:

A. Elise likes to keep her hands clean at all times.

B. John enjoys taking stuff apart and putting them back together.

C. Tamara gets excited when she uses a saw.

D. Patrick likes to drive his pickup truck.


Who might be a good fit to become a carpenter? Select all that apply.

What tools do carpenters use?

Hammer Hammers

Circular saw Circular and table saws

Power sander Power sanders

Power drill Power drills

Tape measure

Tape measures

Glue gun Glue guns

How much do carpenters make?

Flaticon Icon The average yearly salary for carpenters in the USA is $59,866.

Flaticon Icon The average yearly salary for carpenters in Canada is $67,737.

If you’re thinking of becoming a carpenter, you can take different paths to get there:

  1. Complete a 3 or 4-year apprenticeship that includes technical and paid on-the-job training.

  2. Enter a training program offered by a contractor.

  3. Work as a helper to an experienced carpenter.

Carpenter apprentice learning from a master carpenter Photo by Annie Gray on Unsplash

You need to get a license if you want to work on your own. The length of experience and license requirements are different for each country/state.

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Carpenter using a power saw Photo by Greyson Joralemon on Unsplash

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