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What kind of advancement is available to Carpenters?

I'm currently training at San Jose Job Corps to become a carpenter. I've been giving thought to the idea of becoming a Journeyman Carpenter, but am not sure if that's where I'd like to ultimately end up. #carpentry #construction #advancement #career


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Isaac’s Answer

This really depends on you. Finding a good job where the work flow is consistent and stable helps to stay in one place for a while, but most shops I’ve worked in will only take people in when there’s work to be done, so when the job is over you’ll have to look for other shops to work in. The great part about this is when you go from one job to the next you can tell them how much you made at the old job and they’ll either match it or give you more depending on your experience.

In terms of skill advancement, if you find a work shop you can be stable in, just keep doing what you are good at until you master it. Advancement really depends on experience, but it’s worth sticking to one field within carpentry in order to really build up a reputation with that specific skill.


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bill’s Answer

I started my career as a laborer then soon thereafter a carpenter. I am now Vice President of Redevelopment/ Construction at a major Real Estate development company. Being a carpenter can lead to many other opportunities and advancement in the construction industry for many reasons.

The carpenter has much overall project involvement
-Layout...the carpenter is the lead in laying out the dimensional requirements of the project...this requires coordination/ knowledge of all trades
-Schedule coordination...the carpenter coordinates the scheduling sequence of all trades

It is normal to see a carpenter career path to carpenter foreman, project superintendent, project manager and higher



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bill’s Answer

I started my career as a laborer then soon thereafter a carpenter. I am now Vice President of Redevelopment/ Construction at a major Real Estate development company. Being a carpenter can lead to many other opportunities and advancement in the construction industry for many reasons.

The carpenter has much overall project involvement
-Layout...the carpenter is the lead in laying out the dimensional requirements of the project...this requires coordination/ knowledge of all trades
-Schedule coordination...the carpenter coordinates the scheduling sequence of all trades

It is normal to see a carpenter career path to carpenter foreman, project superintendent, project manager and higher



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