Carpenter | Ponder


What do they do?  

Carpenters are highly skilled, important within the construction and renovation industries, in both commercial and residential settings. They work with wood in all its forms. From putting up timber frames for buildings, to boat making, creating cabinetry or fine furniture, the scope is very broad.

If you’re practical with a creative streak, love to be hands on, have great attention to detail and love a bit variety, this could be a really rewarding career to consider.


These vary greatly depending on the job and type of carpentry, here’s a rough guide.

  • Read and interpret plans and designs
  • List, measure and price materials required
  • build, install, repair and erect wooden frames, foundations, walls and other structural elements.
  • cut, measure and shape timber elements, using precise measurements and adjustments
  • construct formwork into which concrete is poured
  • use both hand and power tools, maintain and sharpen tools.

Skills required: 

  • Creativity and visualisation of finished products
  • Dexterity and a steady hand
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Maths
  • Attention to detail
  • Patience


Apprenticeships with registered training organisations, minimum Certificate III in Carpentry.

Entry requirements vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Check in your state as what accreditation or supervision is required.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).

Average salary ranges from $40,000 to $90,000 per year depending on type of carpentry and level of qualification (Source: Payscale)

Job growth in this area is moderate (source:

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