We surveyed 4,454 carpenters to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical carpenter. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a carpenter?

Low

High

Working as a carpenter typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a carpenter?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a carpenter typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a carpenter?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a carpenter. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for carpenters.

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Do carpenters work full-time or part-time?

72% of carpenters work in full-time roles while 28% work part-time.

Is being a carpenter stressful?

Low

High

Carpenters tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a carpenter?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a carpenter.

How competitive is the workplace for carpenters?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for carpenters.

Does being a carpenter require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Carpenters will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are carpenters allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Carpenters are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do carpenters have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Carpenters tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a carpenter physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a carpenter requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are carpenters exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a carpenter changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a carpenter require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for carpenters, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good carpenter require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a carpenter.