Carpenters (47-2031)

Occupation description:  Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 2,6162,750 5.113 3144
United States 945,4001,005,800 6.46,040 10,87016,910

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.2413.0216.24 20.9628.2238.21
Alaska 33.6422.1627.29 33.3638.7747.21
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.1819.9126.48 33.3838.9747.18
Fairbanks North Star Borough 30.7724.5026.76 30.1935.4638.66
Southeast Region 35.9825.2630.02 35.5241.1648.53
Balance of State 34.1723.3827.55 33.0238.4549.52

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
3,773777 20.637.8 27.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation913
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation501
UI claimants previously working in occupation1,082
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 3,280
Number of job position postings 302
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection
Fire Detection and Protection
Fire Prevention
Hazard Communication
Hazard Recognition Training, 16-Hour EM 385-1-1
Hazard Recognition Training, 40-Hour EM 385-1-1
Health Hazards in Construction
Introduction to OSHA - Construction
Introduction to OSHA - General Industry
Lockout and Tagout
Machine Guarding
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for General Industry
Personal Protective Equipment
Plumbing Carpenter
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Scaffolds
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces

 Degree
Alaska Building Science Network   (Juneau)
Advanced Framing Techniques
AK Warm - Energy Use Software, an Introduction for Builders
AK Warm Basics 101
AKWarm for Building Energy Design and Analysis
Appropriate Sustainable Design of Buildings and Constructions
BEES - Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard
BEES Certification 2008
Blueprint Reading Basics
Breathing in Buildings – 3-Hour
Breathing in Buildings - 4-Hour
Build America in Alaska
Build America Program: Help for Builders
Building on the Edge: Better Building through Common Sense
Building Science and Technology in the North
Building Science for Dummies
Building the P.E.R.S.I.S.T. House
Changes to IRC for 2006
Climate Change Impact on Shelter and Infrastructure in the North
CO - Are You Alarmed: 1-Hour
CO - Are You Alarmed: 2-Hour
Cold Climate Homebuilding: Contractor Residential Endorsement Workshop
Cold Climate Homebuilding: Foundations
Cold Climate Homebuilding: Making Houses Work
Cold Climate Homebuilding: Walls
Complying with Ventilations Requirements of BEES
Construction Planning and Management: Rural Focus
Construction Planning and Management: Urban Focus
Energy Programs in Alaska
Energy Retrofit of an Existing Home
Energy, Alternative Energy Systems and Infrastructure
Foundations and Crawl Space Ventilations
Getting to Zero Energy in Alaska Homes
Green Building Products
Hand and Power Tool Safety
Health House 1: The Health House Advantage
Health House 2: Building the Health House
Healthy Air: What You Should Know about the Air You Breathe
Introduction to Green Building
Introduction to Green Building - 4 hour version
Introduction to Solar Energy Design
Introduction to Solar Thermal Energy
Is Your Garage Making You Sick: House-Garage Connection
Log Homebuilding Design and Techniques: 06-Hour
Log Homebuilding Design and Techniques: 08-Hour
Log Homebuilding Design and Techniques: 16-Hour
Maritime Building Considerations: 1-Hour
Maritime Building Considerations: 2-Hour
Mold and Moisture in the Healthy House
Multi-Family Buildings: How are they Different from Single Family Homes
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 1: Introduction and Lot Design, Preparation and Development
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 2: Resource Efficiency
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 3a: Energy Efficiency 1
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 3b: Energy Efficiency 2
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 4: Water Efficiency
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 5: Indoor Environment Quality
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 6: Operation, Maintenance, and Homeowner Education
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 7: Global Impact
NAHB Green Building Guide Section 8: Sustainable Community Development
NAHB Green Building Guidelines Section 2: Resource Efficiency
NAHB Green Building Guidelines: Building Green in Alaska
No Birds Just BEES
Of Mold, Moisture and Other Things
Passive Ventilation
Preventing and Solving Air Quality Problems in Homes
Proposed Changes to BEES
Radon Control Strategies for New and Existing Homes
Remote Construction Techniques
Solutions to Preventing Moisture Scare
Summer Symposium
Sustainable and Appropriate Shelter Issues for First Nations Peoples
The Business Case for Green Building Development
The Effect Energy has on Building Development
The How’s and Whys of Building Diagnostics
The Nature of Wood: 1-Hour
The Nature of Wood: 2-Hour
The New State of the Art CCHRC Research and Testing Facility
Trusses
Ventilation Strategies for Existing Homes
Ventilation Strategies for New Homes
Ventilation System Design and Installation
Ventilation: Understanding ASHRAE 62.2
What’s New in Residential Building Codes
Where Health and Housing Meet

 Degree
Alaska Craftsman Home Program   (Anchorage)
Advanced Cold Climate Home Building Techniques
Building Energy Efficiency Standard

 Degree
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation   (Anchorage)
Air Leakage
Building Compliance Certification 2012
Building Science Basics
Crawlspaces
Doors and Windows
Energy Efficiency Classes
Ice Dams
Lighting and Appliances

 Degree
Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Carpentry Helper - Level 1

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 Hour General Construction
OSHA 30 Hour General Construction

 Degree
Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Construction Trades
Construction Trades/Plumbing Systems/Electrical Systems
NCCER Carpentry
NCCER Core Curriculum

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08

 Degree
Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Basic Construction Academies
Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Training
Pipeline Training
Women in the Trades

 Degree
Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Advanced Residential Construction Voc Diploma
Residential Construction Voc Diploma

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Construction Technology

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 hour
OSHA 30 hour

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
EPA/Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Certificate
OSHA 10/30 hour Construction Outreach Certificate
OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Construction Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
OSHA General Industry Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
Scaffold Safety and Fall Protection Certificate

 Degree
Fairbanks Area Carpenter Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Carpentry Apprenticeship
Carpentry Journeyman Skills Enhancement

 Degree
Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Construction Technology

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Carpentry I Endorsement
Construction Management Endorsement
Construction Technology AAS
Construction Technology I Certificate
Construction Technology II Certificate
Scaffolding Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Advanced Carpentry Level 1TRADES603
Fall Protection Authorized User
Fall Protection Competent Person / 015
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023
OSHA Aerial Platform - Manlift in Alaska

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Basic Hand & Power Tools

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection
OSHA Outreach Training, 10 Hour Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 30 Hour Certificate

 Degree
Southern Alaska Carpenters Union Training Center   (Anchorage)
Carpentry/Carpenter Apprenticeship Certificate

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Building Construction & Repair Certificate
Carpentry & Plumbing Certificate
NCCER Carpentry Core and Level I Certificate
NCCER Core Curriculum - Fiberglass

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Basic Carpentry OEC
Construction Trades Technology CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Basic Carpentry OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Interior Alaska   (Fairbanks)
Basic Carpentry OEC
Construction Trades Technology CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Basic Carpentry OEC
Construction Trades Technology CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Basic Carpentry OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Construction Technology AAS
Construction Technology OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Construction Technology OEC

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Carpenter

 Degree
Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
Basic Building Science Review
Building Techniques for Cold Climates
Building Techniques for Cold Climates & Residential Endorsement Test Prep
Residential Endorsement Test Prep Course
Thermal Envelope & Heating Analysis
Thermal Envelope & Heating Analysis
Thermal Envelope & Heating Analysis - AHFC Sponsored

 Degree
Yuut Elitnaurviat   (Bethel)
Carpentry Certificate

Alaska Economic Trends articles

The Carpentry Trade (March 2003)