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Working As A Builder

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  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Builder Do

Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.

Duties

Carpenters typically do the following:

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations, with workers usually doing many different tasks. For example, some carpenters primarily insulate office buildings and others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Those who help construct tall buildings or bridges often install the wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars and are commonly referred to as rough carpenters. Other carpenters erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.

Carpenters use many different hand and power tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall. They commonly use hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines. Carpenters fasten materials together with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives, and do a final check of their work to ensure that it is completed according to specifications. They use a tape measure on nearly every project to make sure that the pieces being cut are the proper size, which reduces waste and saves time. Many employers require applicants to supply their own tools.

The following are examples of types of carpenters:

Residential carpenters typically specialize in single-family, townhome, and condominium building and remodeling. As part of a single job, they might build and set forms for footings, walls, and slabs, and frame and finish exterior walls, roofs, and decks. They also frame interior walls, build stairs, and install drywall, crown molding, doors, and cabinets. In addition, residential carpenters may tile floors and lay wood floors and carpet. Fully trained carpenters can easily switch from new homebuilding to remodeling.

Commercial carpenters typically build and remodel commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls. Some specialize in working with light-gauge and load-bearing steel framing for interior partitions, exterior framing, and curtain wall construction. Others specialize in working with concrete forming systems and finishing interior and exterior walls, partitions, and ceilings. Most commercial carpenters perform many of the same tasks as residential carpenters.

Industrial carpenters typically work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings, where they build scaffolding and create and set forms for pouring concrete. Some industrial carpenters build tunnel bracing or partitions in underground passageways and mines to control the circulation of air to worksites. Others build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, power plants, or sewers.

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How To Become A Builder

Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.

Training

Most carpenters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn carpentry basics, blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in creating and setting concrete forms, rigging, welding, scaffold building, working within confined workspaces, and fall protection. All carpenters must pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- and 30-hour safety courses.

After finishing an apprenticeship, carpenters are considered to be journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for a person to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • U.S. citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some contractors have their own carpenter training program, which may be an accredited apprenticeship program.

Although many workers enter apprenticeships directly, some carpenters start out as helpers.

Some workers can earn certificates before entering an apprenticeship. The National Association of Home Builders offers Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) through the Home Builders Institute. PACT is available for several different groups, from youths to veterans, and covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Workers typically learn the proper use of hand and power tools on the job. They often start by working with more experienced carpenters and are given more complex tasks as they prove that they can handle simpler tasks, such as measuring and cutting wooden and metal studs.

A number of 2-year technical schools offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with unions or contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.

Advancement

Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become first-line supervisors, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.

Carpenters seeking advancement often take additional training provided by associations, unions, or employers. Communication in both English and Spanish also is helpful for relaying instructions to workers.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments. 

Detail oriented. Carpenters perform many tasks that are important in the overall building process. Making precise measurements, for example, may reduce gaps between windows and frames, limiting any leaks around the window.

Dexterity. Carpenters use many tools and need hand-eye coordination to avoid injury or damaging materials. Striking the head of a nail, for example, is crucial to not damaging wood or injuring oneself.

Math skills. Carpenters use basic math skills every day to calculate volume and measure materials to be cut.

Physical stamina. Carpenters need physical endurance. They frequently stand, climb, or bend for long periods.

Physical strength. Carpenters use tools and materials that are heavy. For example, plywood sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds.

Problem-solving skills. Because construction jobs vary, carpenters must adjust project plans accordingly. For example, if a prefabricated window arrives at the worksite slightly oversized, carpenters must shave framework to make the window fit.

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Builder Career Paths

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Machine Operator Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Carpenter Foreman Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Electrician Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Shop Foreman Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Shop Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Operator Consultant Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Specialist Crew Leader
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Field Supervisor
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Construction Foreman Lead Carpenter
Building Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Stair Builder 4.4 years
Building Carpenter 4.1 years
Tool Builder 3.7 years
House Builder 3.5 years
Boat Builder 3.4 years
Cabinet Builder 3.2 years
Furniture Builder 2.6 years
Frame Builder 2.6 years
Door Builder 2.5 years
Form Builder 2.3 years
Load Builder 2.2 years
Wood Tank Builder 2.2 years
Stage Builder 2.1 years
Scaffold Builder 2.0 years
Builder 2.0 years
Fence Builder 1.8 years
Truss Builder 1.7 years
Pallet Builder 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Builder
Cashier 15.7%
Cook 5.4%
Manager 4.4%
Internship 4.1%
Carpenter 3.9%
Server 3.8%
Supervisor 3.7%
Owner 3.6%
Technician 3.3%
Driver 3.2%
Top Careers After Builder
Cashier 9.2%
Owner 6.3%
Driver 5.8%
Technician 4.8%
Carpenter 4.5%
Manager 3.8%
Welder 3.8%
Server 3.4%
Supervisor 3.4%
Cook 3.4%
Internship 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Technicolor
Highest Paying City
Duluth, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Builder make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Builder in the United States is $41,878 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $73,000.

Real Builder Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Planning System Builder Corning Incorporated Corning, NY Oct 01, 2010 $70,000
Senior Database Builder Premier Research International LLC Quincy, MA Oct 01, 2010 $67,275
Community Builder Camperoo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $56,000
Community Builder Camperoo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 17, 2015 $56,000
Community Builder Camperoo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 24, 2015 $56,000
Landscape Builder Premier Lawn & Landscape Services, Inc. New York, NY Mar 29, 2011 $51,674
Freestyle Terrain Builder Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership Flagstaff, AZ Dec 01, 2014 $42,784
Brand Builder Glima, Inc. CA Dec 17, 2009 $38,000
Ultra-Clima Greenhouse Builder Wholesum Farms Arizona LLC Amado, AZ Apr 19, 2015 $32,682
Portable Building Builders Klauspenner Inc. Seminole, TX Aug 12, 2015 $29,765 -
$30,000
Portable Building Builders Klauspenner Inc. Seminole, TX Jan 29, 2016 $29,765 -
$30,000
Portable Building Builders Klauspenner Inc. Seminole, TX Jan 02, 2016 $29,765 -
$30,000
Portable Building Builders Klauspenner Inc. Seminole, TX Aug 10, 2015 $29,765 -
$30,000
Trailer Builder Arizona Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. Buckeye, AZ Jun 15, 2011 $24,522
Trailer Builder Arizona Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. Buckeye, AZ Dec 30, 2010 $24,522

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Top Skills for A Builder

  1. Customer Service
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Hand Tools
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  • Developed customer service skills traveling to client locations and providing quality service and client satisfaction.
  • Comply with safety procedures supervising co-workers when necessary.
  • Shape, measure, mark and cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Tool included: skill saw, hand saw, compressed air tools such as nail guns and stables guns.
  • Constructed and tested electronic circuits Installed point-to-point wire harnesses and connectors

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Top 10 Best States for Builders

  1. Alaska
  2. Hawaii
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Washington
  5. Illinois
  6. New Jersey
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Nevada
  9. Indiana
  10. Rhode Island
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Builder Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 19,537 Builder resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Builder Demographics

Gender

Male

69.9%

Female

19.9%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.9%

French

7.4%

Mandarin

3.2%

Russian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Arabic

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.0%

German

2.0%

Italian

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Somali

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Hindi

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Swedish

0.6%

Swahili

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%
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Builder Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.2%

The Academy

7.5%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Macomb Community College

4.7%

Universal Technical Institute

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Ashford University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Full Sail University

3.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.7%

Texas Tech University

3.7%

Kennesaw State University

3.5%

Eastern Michigan University

3.5%

Wayne State College

3.3%

Oregon State University

3.3%

Central State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.5%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

General Studies

6.6%

Computer Science

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Automotive Technology

5.2%

Psychology

5.0%

Accounting

4.3%

Construction Management

3.9%

Communication

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Precision Metal Working

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Nursing

3.4%

Management

3.2%

Education

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Marketing

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

36.7%

Bachelors

30.5%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

7.3%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.6%
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