Carpenters

Carpenters

NOC
7271

Construct, install and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

405
 

Median Hourly Wage

$19.50
$15.00
Low
$27.50
High

Median Salary

$24,753
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

3,596
 

% Working Full Time

90%
 

% Working Full Year

43%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials. They are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Carpenters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements
  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials
  • Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems
  • Fit and install trim items, such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware
  • Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments
  • Supervise apprentices and other construction workers
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

Also Known As

  • apprentice carpenter
  • carpenter
  • carpenter-joiner
  • finish carpenter
  • journeyman/woman carpenter
  • maintenance carpenter
  • metal framer - carpentry
  • renovation carpenter
  • rough carpenter
  • stair builder-carpenter
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in carpentry is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for carpenters is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Trade certification for framers is available, but voluntary, in Saskatchewan.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified carpenters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

1.4%
Female
98.6%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

9.0%
15-24
18.5%
25-34
16.6%
35-44
24.8%
45-54
27.3%
55-64
3.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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16.4%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
27.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
33.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
21.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

82.3%
Construction
5.1%
Manufacturing
1.7%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
10.9%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

20.30%
Northeast
22.90%
Southeast
26.80%
Southwest
20.30%
Central
9.60%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$26,933
Northeast
$29,119
Southeast
$31,708
Southwest
$30,694
Central
$23,398
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$19.75
$17.00
Low
$25.00
High

Southeast

$19.00
$16.00
Low
$25.00
High

Southwest

$21.00
$14.50
Low
$30.00
High

Central

$17.50
$14.00
Low
$24.00
High

Northwest

$19.78
$17.00
Low
$26.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$24,753

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$38,704

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$24,753

Newfoundland

$35,443

Prince Edward Island

$26,805

Nova Scotia

$26,285

Canada

$35,565
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

405
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

407
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

1,122
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-183
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

1,305