How Much Can You Make?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the mean hourly wage of a carpenter in the United States was $22.49 in 2015.
Payscale states that the average hourly wage for a carpenter in Canada is $24.47 (2016).
You’ll Need Math
Math is well-used in the carpentry profession. You’ll need to calculate measurements (often in eighths and sixteenths of an inch), use right angles, calculate square footage and area, among many other calculations.
Women are Underrepresented
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent less than 2% of carpenters in the United States.
There are Multiple Job Paths
There are multiple job paths in carpentry including: cabinetmaker, trim carpenter, residential carpenter, industrial carpenter, commercial carpenter, and furniture finisher.
Learn Transferable Skills
Learning the carpentry trade provides you with numerous transferable skills for other trades.
To complete a formal apprenticeship in General Carpentry in Canada, it takes 7200 hours (only 10% of which is completed in in-school training).
According to the most recent data available, Statistics Canada states that just over 30% of carpenters working in Canada are self-employed.