Carpenter

Carpenter

Carpenters are involved in many types of construction and repairs. From residential and commercial framing, drywall and cabinetry to industrial scaffolding and concrete forms, carpentry offers a versatile career path.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

6% projected growth

 
Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma to enter into a carpentry apprenticeship
Preferred = 3- or 4-year carpentry apprenticeship program

 
Responsibilities*
  • Measure, cut, and fasten all kinds of materials together with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives
  • Remodel outdated homes and business
  • Frame interior walls for residences and commercial projects like shopping malls, hospitals, schools, and offices
  • Installing crown molding, cabinets, doors, tile floors, wood floors, and carpet
  • Build scaffolding around larger structures
  • Fashion forms for pouring concrete to create huge structures such as bridges, damns, power plants, and tunnels
 
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $33,910
Hourly = $16.02

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Carpenters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm (visited January 13, 2016).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#47-0000 (visited September 16, 2015).