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Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades

What they do?

Contractors and supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May manage the operations of own company

B. May also supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.

C. Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of carpenters who construct, renovate and maintain structures of wood and other building materials and build and install interior finishing in residential, commercial and industrial buildings; and of cabinetmakers who construct and repair custom wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products

D. Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments

E. Requisition materials and supplies

F. Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity

G. Train or arrange for training of workers

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 81.0%
2. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 7.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

2. Several years of experience as a qualified carpenter or cabinetmaker are required.

3. Journeyman/woman trade certification as a carpenter or cabinetmaker is usually required.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Machine Shop
4. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades is $21.78/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades wages

Expected Wage by Age

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Wage By Age

Unemployment:

5% of Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($21.78) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

4. The unemployment rate (5%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because of an expected decline in the residential construction industry.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (31%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Communication skills

3. Planning

Part Time Workers

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


1% of Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 16,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 22% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The older-than-average age (44) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 48% of Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


% of the individuals employed as Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades are women. Compared to other industries, this is .