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Carpenters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, carpenters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a moderate level of social interaction with coworkers.
  • Communicate often by telephone to order materials and set schedules.
  • Have face-to-face discussions daily with other workers on the construction project.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Often work as part of a construction team.
  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Mostly work outdoors. They sometimes work indoors without heating or air conditioning.
  • Often wear protective attire, such as knee pads or safety goggles.
  • Often are exposed to hazardous equipment, such as power saws.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as insulation materials, paints, and solvents.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to high places, such as when climbing on roofs or ladders.
  • Are always exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Sometimes are exposed to cramped work spaces that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Sometimes are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outdoors.
  • Work near other people, but have a few feet of space separating self from others.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could cause serious injuries if the structures were not constructed properly.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Make decisions that affect others on a weekly basis.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment.
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  • Must meet strict weekly construction schedules.
  • Can make most decisions without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Can set most tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.


  • May work longer hours during the summer when the weather is good.
  • May work weekends to meet a deadline.
  • May work only during good weather, since many work outside.
  • Travel from job site to job site. However, they may work at one job site for several months.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.