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Carpenters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, carpenters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communicate with others by phone and in person almost every day.
  • Are very responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Sometimes deal with conflict situations and people who may be rude or angry.
  • Often work as part of a group or team.
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  • Are responsible for the outcomes and results of coworkers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Almost always wear protective gear such as gloves or safety glasses.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment and conditions that may result in minor injuries.
  • Occasionally work in high places that may require ladders.
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  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting.
  • Work near other people, usually within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done correctly.
  • Repeat some of the same physical and mental activities.
  • Make decisions that affect others daily. They may consult others before making some decisions.
  • Work in a competitive environment and meet daily and weekly deadlines.
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  • Set some tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.


  • May work a regular set schedule or one that changes based on weather or contract needs.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
  • May work more than 40 hours a week to meet deadlines.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.