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IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33395CarpenterMale50 $15,000madison heights, VA01/01/2010


Carpenters are specialists within the construction field, working to build furniture and cabinets and complete finish work. While some stereotype the carpentry profession as primarily involving physical labor, there is a great deal of math involved in the carpentry profession. Carpenters need to do everything from calculating wall heights and floor space to measuring angles in order to make the right cuts for corners and crown molding.

The level of flexibility in the profession varies depending upon whether a carpenter is self-employed or works for others. While some may work for themselves as independent contractors, others may work for builders, furniture makers, cabinetmakers, and construction companies. Carpenters who are independent contractors will need to form and manage relationships with builders and suppliers to ensure materials are available at affordable prices and that ongoing work is available.

Rather than outside like many in the construction industry, carpenters typically work in manufacturing facilities or residential and commercial buildings. Carpenters are considered skilled craftsmen and can command a median salary above the national average if they have a high level of skill.

We have real-world career profiles for carpenters and other professionals within the building and construction industry giving you a glimpse into what working in a particular profession is like, so you can access whether the job may be a good fit for you. Check out the details below from experienced carpenters or browse other jobs within the construction industry to learn more about working with your hands and your brain.

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