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What Are 4 Jobs You Can Get With a Carpentry Degree?

Written by Ashworth College on Thursday, 21 November 2019. Posted in Career

Carpenter at work.

The first step towards entering the growing carpentry field starts with an education. Ashworth’s online carpentry career diploma can help you prepare for work you enjoy. Gaining the knowledge you need may help you enter the field. After earning your career diploma, there are several career paths you can pursue. As you develop and hone your carpentry skills, you may have the opportunity to work for a commercial business, as a contractor, or as a subcontractor. Here are four jobs that you may get after earning your carpentry career diploma.

Framing carpenter

A framing carpenter builds the wooden framework of a residential, commercial, or industrial building. As a framer, you’ll follow blueprints to construct the floors, walls, roof, stairs, exterior doors, and windows of a building. This type of construction is typically done quickly and with power tools. As a framing carpenter you must have strong math skills, attention to detail, and the ability to read and understand blueprints.

In 2018, the median annual wage of a framing carpenter was $44,990, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Finish carpenter

A finish carpenter puts the finishing touches on a house to elevate it’s look. These carpenters will cut and install pieces like trim, stairs, and baseboards, which add accents to a home. This type of construction relies on high attention to detail and proficiency with measuring and hand tools.

Finish carpentry involves skilled tasks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics* finish carpenters earn a median annual wage of $47,490.

Commercial carpenter

A commercial carpenter helps construct larger structures like hotels, office buildings, and schools. These carpenters work with a wide range of materials, including wood, metal, and concrete to build and finish the floors and rooms of a building. Commercial carpenters complete all aspects of framing, finishing, and even setting up partitions and desks within the buildings they construct.

A commercial carpenter’s salary may vary based on previous work experience, position, and employer. An average salary for a commercial carpenter, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, is $51,260.

Woodworker/Cabinet Maker

A woodworker or cabinet maker is a specialized carpenter that constructs furniture, cabinets, and builds custom projects. These carpenters use an array of tools to cut, shape, and carve wood to create intricate pieces. As a woodworker, you’ll create projects such as kitchen tables or birdhouses. As a cabinet maker, you’ll meet client’s specifications and design directions to create kitchen cabinets for their space. Each of these jobs requires a working knowledge of stationary power tools like a table saw, miter saw, router, and bandsaw.

Woodworker’s and cabinet maker’s vary based on the size and complexity of the project, cost of materials, and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, woodworkers earn a median salary of $31,550 per year and cabinet makers earn a median salary of $34,740 per year.

Why Ashworth?

When you enroll in our online carpentry program, you’ll learn safe work practices, building codes, how to read blueprints, and the identification and operation of hand and power tools. Our program will help you prepare for the carpentry field in as little as four months. Start constructing your career path today by calling an Admissions Advisor at or enroll online.

*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm#tab-5

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