Salary Range: £16,000 – £40,000 per year
Carpenters work with all things wood and can be involved in projects that sculpt and manipulate wood to create magnificent wooden structures to the more day-to-day tasks of laying floor boards or fitting door frames. Your place of work could be anything from a building site to a timber frame in the local park.
Depending on where you work, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- discussing plans and following instructions
- cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, doors, skirting boards and window frames
- making and fitting wooden structures like staircases, door frames, roof timbers and partition walls
- making and assembling fitted and free-standing furniture
- installing kitchens, cupboards and shelving
- building temporary wooden supports to hold setting concrete in place (shuttering)
- making and fitting interiors in shops, bars, restaurants, offices and public buildings
- constructing stage sets for theatre, film and TV productions
You’ll usually work 39 to 45 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may need to work some weekends or evenings to meet construction deadlines.
This is a physically active job. You could work outdoors in all weathers, up ladders and on scaffolding or roofs. You could also work indoors where conditions could be dusty or cramped. You’ll use protective equipment and clothing on all jobs.
Career and Progression
With experience, you could become a team leader or project manager.
You could also move into construction estimating and contracts management, or specialise in areas like stage sets.
You could also start your own business or move into training.