It feels good to be providing a necessity to people in your community. Providing a home, or a place for people to work and earn a living, gives us a sense of purpose.  

Chad Greziuk

In A Nutshell

I read blueprints and use various tools to work with wood.

I measure, cut, and construct frames, doors, floors, tables, chairs and many other structures made of wood and other materials.

I often install, inspect, and replace frameworks and walls in buildings.


Potential Salary Range

$33,000 - 73,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

I typically either work out of my shop, or at the worksite. Both are high-energy, noisy, and exciting environments to work in.


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Follow blueprints and building plans
  • Install structures and fixtures
  • Identify different types of wood and know the best uses of each
  • Use power tools, machines, and construction equipment
  • Follow safety protocols and wear protective gear required on the site
  • Inspect and repair previous work

Education & Training

  • Many entry level carpentry jobs are accessible through an apprenticeship with a certified carpenter.
  • To become a certified carpenter, most provinces require a mix of apprenticeship hours and technical training and exams.

Job Outlook

    • Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028 as population growth will increase the need for home construction.
    • Carpenters are subject to periods of unemployment as construction contracts end and slow down during colder months.

Related School Subjects

Arts Education
Ed. Prof. et Tech.
69 Math
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Construction Build Wood Tools Trades

Important Skills

Creativity & Innovation

Customers often come to me with a general idea of what they'd like me to do, and it takes creativity to bring their vision to life.

Detail-Oriented icon


Carpentry is a skill that requires precision; it's very important to focus on every little detail when you're doing such precise work.


Doing good work can be slow and time-consuming, but a good carpenter is patient and doesn't rush the job.


I work with some specialized tools like saws and lathes; feeling comfortable around mechanics is a big part of woodworking.


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Pays Well
Creative Work
Independent Work
Work Changes Daily
Flexible Work Routine