|Quick Facts: Carpenters|
|2010 Median Pay||
$39,530 per year
$19.00 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||1,001,700|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||20% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||196,000|
Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, and rafters—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.
Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they may work both indoors and out. The work is sometimes strenuous, and carpenters experience a higher than average rate of injuries and illnesses.
Although most carpenters learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.
The median annual wage of carpenters was $39,530 in May 2010.
Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for carpenters should improve over the decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession.
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