Carpenters are involved in many types of construction and repairs. From residential and commercial framing, drywall and cabinetry to industrial scaffolding and concrete forms, carpentry offers a versatile career path.

Job Outlook 2016–2026

+14% expected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma to enter into a carpentry apprenticeship
Preferred = 3- or 4-year carpentry apprenticeship program


  • Analyze business or financial data
  • Estimate costs of goods or services
  • Assess the cost effectiveness of products, projects or services
  • Communicate with owners, architects and subcontractors
  • Attends pre-bid meetings and job walks

Wages in Arkansas

Top 10% Annual = $90,750*

Average Annual = $56,250**
Average Hourly = $27.05***

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