Why Carpentry is a Great Trade: 7 Benefits of Working as a Carpenter

Why Carpentry is a Great Trade: 7 Benefits of Working as a Carpenter

Carpentry is one of the most popular career choices out there.

It isn’t hard to see why so many men and women gravitate to the job—it comes with so many perks, opportunities.

For anyone looking to pursue this career, here are 7 benefits of carpentry.

1. The possibilities are endless

According to Australian Government estimates, there are around 150,000 carpenters in Australia. But even though there are so many, they all do very different jobs.

Once you’ve done your carpentry courses, you can get into any number of specialisations in different areas of the construction industry.

Carpenter specialisations include:

  • Residential: Builds homes and apartment buildings, including framing, stairs, decks and roofs.
  • Commercial: Builds shopping centres, hotels, offices, and mixed-use buildings like installing flooring, ceiling and windows.
  • Industrial: Constructs the scaffolding and other essentials for infrastructure, roads, manufacturing plans and tunnels.
  • Joinery: Works in a workshop crafting timber products like cabinets, windows and doors.
  • Woodworking: Builds, fixes or maintains timber products like furniture or antiques by shaping wood and adding varnishes.

As you can see, the opportunities for carpentry careers are varied. With so much on offer, you can find your unique area of interest.

2. It’s hands-on

If the thought of sitting at an office desk staring at a computer all day gives you the willies, you’d love carpentry.

In this career, you work with your hands, either in a workshop or outdoor setting. 

You’ll be physically active, possibly in the fresh open air, and no two days will ever be the same.

3. The salary’s ripper

Carpentry is skilled work, a rung above unskilled labour and other low paying jobs.

As a qualified carpenter, you can earn a good income that has the potential to grow as you gain more skills and experience.

According to JobOutlook, the median carpenters wage is $1,358 per week, or just under $70k per annum.

4. There’s market growth

If you were a little concerned about the construction industry after COVID-19, the news is good for builders and tradies.

According to official government statistics, the career outlook for carpenters is still very good. JobOutlook reports that the carpentry is experiencing strong growth.

With this kind of industry growth, the benefits of carpentry lead to job security and a long-term career.

5. It’s easy to get into

Compared to some other careers, there are less hoops to jump through to begin your qualification. It isn’t too hard to get into carpentry. 

To start your carpentry career path, you’ll do a Certificate III in Carpentry. This course has no entry requirements except that you must be 16 years or over, and you need to get a WHS Induction Training (White Card) before you begin your apprenticeship.

6. You can earn while you learn

Not a lot of careers let you earn money while you do your qualification. But when you study carpentry courses like the Cert III, you’ll do an apprenticeship at the same time.

In the apprenticeship, you will get paid a full time rate that’s appropriate to your skill level. This will help you support yourself while you get your certificate.

7. You can advance your career

Carpentry is so fundamental to the construction industry that a lot of people choose to study carpentry courses before moving on to grander things, like running a business or becoming a builder.

Once you’ve done your cert III and had some industry experience through your apprenticeship, you have the option to do your Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110). This helps you qualify for your building licence and trains you to build low rise buildings.

Or, you could do a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50210), which trains you to build medium rise buildings. When you study with Builders Academy Australia, this diploma guarantees your entry into a Victoria University bachelor’s degree.

Benefits of carpentry

When you think about it, the benefits of carpentry are clear. You can work in the construction industry in any number of different sectors, from housing to commercial, and from private to government.

And if you prefer variety to a dull office environment, carpentry offers hands-on work with a decent wage and solid job security.  

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