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 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:
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.
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:
Skills acquired may include:
Those working within the building industry also acquire an understanding of building codes.
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.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
Masters & First Professional
Doctorate & First Professional
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.
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 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers||2630||$39,620|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin||420||$34,070|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach||1370||$34,800|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach||11780||$40,560|
|Port St. Lucie||1070||$36,230|