Carpentry/Carpenter Major

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out, cut, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures, using hand and power tools.

Includes instruction in technical mathematics, framing, construction materials and selection, job estimating, blueprint reading, foundations and roughing-in, finish carpentry techniques, and applicable codes and standards.

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Search for schools that offer studies in Carpenter (use the College Search feature and enter "carpentry” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Carpenter/Carpentry Studies?

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to enter the occupation. Certain high school courses, such as mathematics and mechanical drawing, may be useful. Some vocational-technical schools offer associate degrees in carpentry. Community colleges may also offer two-year programs leading to an associate degree in carpentry. The course of study may account for all or some of the required hours of apprentice work. Time spent as an apprentice may also count toward a degree.  Several groups, such as unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, as well.

Carpenters are involved in many phases of construction and may have opportunities to become first-line supervisors, lead carpenters, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Carpenter Studies

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines Carpenter Studies