There are currently an estimated 1,025,599 carpenters in the United States. The carpenter job market is expected to grow by 8.2% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are carpenters?
CareerExplorer rates carpenters with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 89,401 carpenters. That number is based on 83,801 additional carpenters, and the retirement of 5,600 existing carpenters.
Are carpenters in demand?
Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation. This fact will remain as population growth spurs more new-home construction, the largest segment employing carpenters. Renovation and remodeling projects, as well as the need to repair and upgrade existing infrastructure are expected to add to this demand. Construction of new hotels, office and retail space, restaurants, factories, and power plants is predicted to result in further job growth in the field. However, the use of modular and prefabricated components may exert a negative impact on this momentum. Economic fluctuations and limited government budgets will continue to influence overall demand. Still, opportunities for trained job seekers will exist, both for general carpenters; and for those who choose to specialize in areas like restoration, building conversions, and interior design. The cyclical and seasonal nature of the industry will continue to allow carpenters to alternate between working for a contractor and working as independent contractors on small jobs. Regions with the largest population increases will likely need more carpenters to accommodate the construction demands created by the movement of people and businesses.
What’s the supply of carpenters?
The carpenter industry is concentrated in California, New York, Florida
Carpenter job market by state
|State Name||Employed Carpenters|
|District of Columbia||1,830|
|Virgin Islands, U.S.||280|