Career Overview

Carpenters build and repair buildings and anything related to those structures (cabinets, stairs, windows, etc.)


A high school diploma or equivalent is likely necessary to obtain one of these positions. Some learn this trade through an apprenticeship program, while others learn this on the job.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$27,000 /yr
$43,000 /yr
$79,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
  • Drafting
Work Environment

Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, they work both indoors and outdoors. The work is sometimes strenuous, and potentially dangerous.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada