Workforce Development
Contact: Greg Zick
(202) 266-8493


Mean National Wage: $58,210 | $27.99/hour

Carpenters are needed in all areas of construction and are often employed through the entire construction process. Thus, it is one of the most secure jobs within the industry.

In the carpentry trade you will learn to:

  • Frame floors, walls, ceilings and roofs
  • Build concrete forms
  • Apply plywood, roof paper and shingles
  • Build and set cabinets and countertops
  • Install doors, windows, trim and siding
  • Install floor joists, rafters and trusses
  • Lay wood flooring
  • Operate table saws, power drills, routers, joiners, planers and nail guns

Once you complete training, you have a variety of employment options:

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Home builders
  • Sub-contractors
  • Remodelers
  • Commercial builders

Careers in the Trades: Carpenter