Carpenters make up the largest group of employees in the construction industry. Almost one third of carpenters are self-employed. Carpenters work in new residential home construction, while others are involved with the remodeling of older structures. Many carpenters prefer subcontracting work; specializing in one area such as flooring, and kitchen installations. Carpentry work is physically demanding and can involve periods of prolonged standing, climbing, bending, kneeling and lifting. As with all construction work, it is essential to develop a good attitude towards safety and complying with OSHA regulations. Other employee characteristics include cooperation, flexibility and initiative.
Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth should result in new-home construction—the largest segment employing carpenters, which will stimulate the need for many new workers. Demand for carpenters is expected to be driven by home remodeling needs as well (Source: BLS).The Schuylkill Technology Center Carpentry program offers secondary students skill development through both theory and “hands on” related activities in the STC shop and off campus job sites. Students work through an approved Pennsylvania PDE Carpentry "Course of Study" is defined by twelve areas of residential construction which include 101 student related "tasks" or jobs. The STC Carpentry three year 1080 hour certificate program curriculum is affiliated with the Residential Construction Academy in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders. Carpentry students are encouraged to participate in related internships and cooperative education programs which connect to actual construction sites. All students are required to take a Carpentry competency test (NOCTI) at the completion of their three year educational program. The STC Carpentry program is certified by the Pennsylvanian Department of Education and operates under the supervision of a local Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC).