Is There a Future for Carpentry?

Despite the progress in technology and the ways in which science and robotics make our tasks easier and simpler, carpentry skills are more necessary than ever. Though the career is mostly dominated by men, it can prove to be a good business for women as well, whereby you get some good carpenters onboard and start your own small business. 

What a Carpenter Must Know

A carpenter is primarily a builder, but he is also a designer, engineer, architect and technician in one package. Not only must he be able to read a ruler, he must understand blueprints and architects’ instructions. He has to have the ability to visualize a finished structure before making the first cut or driving the first nail.

What a Carpenter Can Do

A carpenter is on the job from beginning to end. The framing carpenter starts by framing a building outside and the rooms inside. Trim carpenters make the interior functional. They hang doors, make closets, refine all the loose ends to complete the job. They may construct and install molding, baseboards, door and window frames.

Cabinet makers may make furniture, specialty cases, storage units, whatever cabinetry is needed anywhere in a house or office. If repairs are needed, carpenters seamlessly integrate them so there is no apparent deviation from the original construction. Carpenters have traditionally worked with wood, but modern materials include metals and plastics.

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Carpentry as a Profession

The term “carpenter” is a catch-all for the many aspects of the profession. Some learn their jobs by becoming apprentices in programs offered by vocational colleges. Others learn from working alongside carpenters on the job. Carpenters must be licensed in some areas; elsewhere there are no such requirements.

Carpentry as a Business

According to the data available in various market research reports, a carpentry business makes about US$200,000 – US$1,200,000 annually on a US$10,000 – US$50,000 investments. So, it’s certainly, it’s a good business niche.

Technology Threatens

The demand for carpentry skills may seem to be less with technology displacing workers or making their skills obsolete. Large home improvement stores sell ready-made cabinets, molding, flooring, even furniture kits. Houses are prefabricated and shipped for finishing on-site. Carpenters previously required to perform many tasks are often eliminated, this however does not apply for projects such as old style timber windows, furniture and country kitchen design. These projects require bespoke carpentry and this is what modern day carpenters thrive on.

The Future Beckons

Technology is changing the construction field, actually making carpenters and their talents more necessary than ever. They may have to hone their skills, learn to use computers and become acquainted with newer tools and methods. Do-it-yourself manuals, while popular, are no substitute for the ability to build a house or a custom-made piece of furniture.

Carpenters of the future may look different from builders of past centuries, but as long as new structures are needed or require repairs carpenters will be in demand. They will perform their old jobs with the changing technologies of the future.

 

About Author: Francesca Brown

Francesca is a career coach with expertise in resolving career related problems as well as determining the best career for you. Francesca helps individuals to stay focused and on track, giving specific suggestions and making requests for action.

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