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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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Highest Award
Fort Lauderdale
Daytona Beach
Masters & First Professional
Panama City
Fort Pierce
Lake Worth
Avon Park
Doctorate & First Professional

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:

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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville 3190 $37,370
Cape Coral 2630 $38,140
Fort Myers 2630 $38,140
Crestview 420 $33,840
Fort Walton Beach 420 $33,840
Destin 420 $33,840
Deltona 1370 $33,310
Daytona Beach 1370 $33,310
Ormond Beach 1370 $33,310
Gainesville 440 $37,530
Homosassa Springs 130 $30,250
Lakeland 1170 $30,890
Winter Haven 1170 $30,890
Miami 11780 $38,750
Fort Lauderdale 11780 $38,750
West Palm Beach 11780 $38,750
Naples 1440 $37,860
Immokalee 1440 $37,860
Marco Island 1440 $37,860
North Port 1950 $37,350
Sarasota 1950 $37,350
Bradenton 1950 $37,350
Ocala 410 $30,840
Orlando 5660 $38,040
Kissimmee 5660 $38,040
Sanford 5660 $38,040
Palm Bay 1010 $37,250
Melbourne 1010 $37,250
Titusville 1010 $37,250
Panama City 480 $37,780
Pensacola 520 $35,720
Ferry Pass 520 $35,720
Brent 520 $35,720
Port St. Lucie 1070 $34,720
Punta Gorda 450 $28,640
Sebastian 460 $38,600
Vero Beach 460 $38,600
Sebring 150 $34,530
Tallahassee 540 $37,680
Tampa 4630 $35,880
St. Petersburg 4630 $35,880
Clearwater 4630 $35,880
The Villages 190 $32,040


  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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