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Carpenters are trained masters of woodworking and repairing wood-based structures. These woodworkers craft anything from stairways, door frames, and partitions, to furniture and common household decor. Many carpenters are also skilled in the professional installation of wood structures. Qualified carpenters may build careers in a variety of fields, such as residential and commercial construction, designing furniture, or self-employment as a carpenter.

Florida Carpentry Schools

Florida offers residents four excellent carpentry schools where students can acquire the skills necessary to become a professional carpenter. Check out a few of these schools in the state:

  • Manatee Technical Community College: This school features four locations between Brandenton and Palmetto, Florida. Students can enroll in the college's 1,200-hour carpentry program. It's also one of the most popular carpentry schools in Florida.

  • Fort Myers Technical College: One of the top technical schools in the Fort Myers area. Aspiring carpenters can enroll in the school's Carpentry programs for essential career education.

  • Florida State College: Students may seek a Carpentry I workforce certificate. This program prepares graduates for work in the construction industry in new construction or repair and remodeling.

  • Erwin Technical College: Graduates of this Carpentry I program leave prepared for an entry-level position as a carpenter's helper. Students learn to read blueprints, framing, hang doors, and much more.

Graduation requirements from these courses typically include a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a completion of all coursework required by the program. Please note that some courses have prerequisite requirements in reading, math, and language skills.

What to Expect from Florida Carpentry Programs

Carpentry programs prepare students for an exciting career in the field. Most programs take a hands-on approach, familiarizing students with common materials and training them to work with all the essential woodworking tools. From measuring, sawing, and nailing to advanced planning, installation, and design, graduates learn it all.

The programs aid in providing the educational foundation needed for acquiring National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Certification. Common courses may include:

  • Carpentry Helper
  • Trim & Finish Carpenter
  • Carpenter, Rough
  • Carpenter

Skills acquired may include:

  • Proficiency with carpentry tools
  • Blueprint creation
  • Professional installation
  • Woodwork design

Those working within the building industry also acquire an understanding of building codes.

Florida Carpenter Certification

Currently, the state of Florida does not require carpenters to obtain a license to work within the field. However, carpenters can seek NCCER core certification to open the door for more career opportunities. In addition, certification typically improves earning potential.

The only time a carpenter may need licensing from another industry is when their work falls under the umbrella of a general contractor.

Resources for Carpenters in Florida

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More Florida Carpentry Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Fort Lauderdale
Associate
31,730
Daytona Beach
Bachelor
13,675
Tallahassee
Masters & First Professional
11,562
Jacksonville
Bachelor
24,939
Panama City
Associate
5,758
Tampa
Associate
22,621
Fort Pierce
Bachelor
14,932
Bradenton
Associate
9,869
Miami
Bachelor
54,094
Lake Worth
Associate
22,881
Pensacola
Associate
10,728
Palatka
Associate
5,111
Gainesville
Associate
14,824
Sanford
Associate
12,745
Avon Park
Associate
2,787
Tallahassee
Associate
13,776
Gainesville
Doctorate & First Professional
51,725
Jacksonville
Doctorate
16,406
Orlando
Associate
32,870

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Carpenters

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Carpenters

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Carpenters relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Gainesville 350 $34,900
Homosassa Springs 80 $29,900
Jacksonville 2630 $32,920
Cape Coral 2130 $37,010
Fort Myers 2130 $37,010
Crestview 600 $27,520
Fort Walton Beach 600 $27,520
Destin 600 $27,520
Deltona 1380 $32,450
Daytona Beach 1380 $32,450
Ormond Beach 1380 $32,450
Orlando 5540 $35,890
Kissimmee 5540 $35,890
Sanford 5540 $35,890
Palm Bay 890 $33,300
Melbourne 890 $33,300
Titusville 890 $33,300
Panama City 400 $32,910
Pensacola 470 $31,200
Ferry Pass 470 $31,200
Brent 470 $31,200
Port St. Lucie 850 $33,360
Punta Gorda 240 $30,820
Lakeland 1050 $30,990
Winter Haven 1050 $30,990
Miami 9730 $35,940
Fort Lauderdale 9730 $35,940
West Palm Beach 9730 $35,940
Naples 1280 $35,030
Immokalee 1280 $35,030
Marco Island 1280 $35,030
North Port 1650 $36,310
Sarasota 1650 $36,310
Bradenton 1650 $36,310
Ocala 260 $29,000
Sebastian 490 $37,530
Vero Beach 490 $37,530
Sebring 140 $33,610
Tallahassee 500 $36,930
Tampa 4430 $33,860
St. Petersburg 4430 $33,860
Clearwater 4430 $33,860
The Villages 190 $30,650

Sources:

  1. Carpentry, Fort Meyers Technical College, https://www.fortmyerstech.edu/content.php?program=58, accessed September 27, 2016.
  2. Carpenters, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm, accessed September 27, 2016.
  3. Carpentry, Master Trainers, Instructors, & Employers, NCCER, http://www.nccer.org/carpentry, accessed September 27, 2016.

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