People in the construction field like to work with their hands and like to work outdoors. Carpenters perform many skills and responsibilities, depending on their employer. Carpenters working for general contractors will frame walls, put in doors and windows, build stairs, read blueprints, hang kitchen cabinets, and do finish work. Careers in management, the teaching profession and retail also are part of the construction industry.
Job opportunities are expected to be excellent through 2016, mainly because of the large number of openings arising from experienced carpenters who leave the occupation each year. Well-trained workers will have the best employment opportunities. The economy plays an important part in determining the number of carpentry jobs. Geographic location is also a factor.
What/Where the jobs are
Self-employment, masonry, stonework, plastering, residential building construction, nonresidential building construction, general building contractors, manufacturing firms, government agencies.
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