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Cabinetmakers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, cabinetmakers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact. Cabinetmakers occasionally talk to customers, but spend most of their time alone.
  • When they communicate, they usually talk to others face-to-face or via the telephone.
  • Often work as part of a team of cabinetmakers.
  • Have limited responsibility for the health and safety of others.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others, especially assistants.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors.
  • Are exposed to hazardous equipment on a daily basis.
  • Regularly wear goggles, earplugs, or other protective gear.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
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  • Are often exposed to contaminants, such as sawdust, wood glue, and wood stains.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations.
  • May be exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on if the work place is temperature controlled.
  • May share common work areas with other cabinetmakers and assistants.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors or omissions may cause customers to be dissatisfied with their work.
  • Must allow the pace of some of the work to be dictated by the speed of equipment.
  • Often make decisions that affect the look of finished cabinetmakers. Sometimes they check with customers before deciding a course of action.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals independently.
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  • Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.


  • Work 40 hours per week.
  • May work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines.
  • May travel to job sites to take measurements or install items.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.