Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood including partitions, joists, studding, rafters, wood stairways, window frames, door frames, and hardwood floors.

Educational Requirements

for Carpenters
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary training (non-degree) have a competitive advantage in the labor market.


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
  • Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Manual Dexterity: Holding or moving items with your hands.
  • Problem Sensitivity: Noticing when problems happen.
  • Visualization: Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Trunk Strength: Using your lower back and stomach.

Detailed Work Activities

Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Clean work sites.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Cut wood components for installation.