Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Field

furniture makerFurniture and cabinet makers are carpenters who specialize in creating furniture and cabinetry for storage. They generally specialize in working with wood. 32% of carpenters are self-employed. Furntiure and cabinet makers must often create custom orders for customers. They often create their own instructions or blueprints for jobs. They utilize a variety of shop tools  like drills, saws, chisels, planes, and sanders to create furniture and cabinets. They will work with wood, fiberglass, metals, and even drywall to create their wares. Furniture and cabinet making can be a fine art requiring great experience, skill, and patience.

Educational Requirements

High School Diploma
Formal Carpentry Apprenticeship through a Vocational Center or Trade School (3 to 4 years)

Furniture and cabinetmakers need a high school diploma. Many receive their training on the job as assistants to carpenters and furniture makers. There are formal apprenticeship programs available through vocational and trade training centers. They generally take 3 to 4 years to complete. Those who complete an apprenticeship will probably have the best skills in this highly competitive field as they will obtain both the skills and business experience necessary to be competitive in the field.

Educational Courses

Business Accounting
Creating and Reading Blue Prints
Shop & Tool Safety
Carpentry Basics
Rough Framing
Outside and Inside Finishing
Materials of the Trade
Freehand Sketching
Basic Mathematics
Furniture Making
Employment Statistics
Number of Carpenters Employed in 2008: 1,284,900
Projected Employment of Carpenters through 2018: 1,450,300
Average Hourly Pay for Carpenters in 2008: $18.72

Great Colleges

Penn Foster College
University Of Phoenix
Ashworth College
Allied Schools
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Article Reference: bls.gov
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