On the Job
Carpenters construct and repair buildings and structures such as stairways, doorways, and rafters. They primarily work with wood. They may also install kitchen cabinets or drywall.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Dig holes or trenches.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
- Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
- Build construction forms or molds.
- Cut wood components for installation.
- Drill holes in construction materials.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Install building fixtures.
- Install doors or windows.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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