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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 2,2542,350 4.379 128217
United States 1,025,6001,109,400 8.236,700 59,300104,380

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 25.4114.5117.86 23.2430.3140.72
Alaska 31.7421.4625.70 31.3236.7540.39
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 32.0821.5025.28 32.3337.0840.72
Fairbanks North Star Borough 33.8016.4121.70 33.2237.8765.51
Balance of State 30.7923.3426.33 29.7735.7639.55

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
3,580747 20.937.7 28.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation818
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation507
UI claimants previously working in occupation1,065
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 3,613
Number of job position postings 203
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 17.8

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

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

Construction Technology

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
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

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Carpenter Apprenticeship
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 Apprenticeship
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces

Alaska Carpenters Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Carpentry/Carpenter Apprenticeship Certificate
Scaffold Erector

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

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

Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Carpentry Helper - Level 1

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

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

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08

Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Training
Pipeline Training
Women in the Trades

American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
Aerial and Scissor Lift Training
Fall Protection
OSHA 10 Hours
OSHA 30 Hours

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

AVTEC   (Seward)
Construction Technology

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Aerial Lift/008
Energy Isolation-Lockout/Tag Out/018
Fall Protection Authorized User
Fall Protection Competent Person / 015
Fall Protection Introduction to Industrial Rescue/014
Fall Protection, Introduction to Industrial Rescue/014
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

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

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

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

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
OSHA Compliance Training

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Basic Carpentry OEC

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Basic Carpentry OEC

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Basic Carpentry OEC

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)

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

Yuut Elitnaurviat   (Bethel)
Construction Trades Certificate

Alaska Economic Trends articles

The Carpentry Trade (March 2003)