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Woodworkers

Woodworkers
Quick Facts : Woodworkers*
2010 Median Pay$28,010
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012217,200
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change39,300


Woodworkers build a variety of products, such as cabinets and furniture, using wood. They measure finished products for imperfections. Woodworkers set up, operate, and tend all types of woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood-nailing machines.

What Woodworkers Do

  • Read detailed schematics and blueprints
  • Prepare and set up equipment
  • Ensure that products meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary
  • Use hand tools to trim pieces or assemble products
  • Remove and replace dull saw blades

Work Environment

Although working conditions vary, most woodworkers often encounter a lot of noise and dust. These occupations usually have high rates of injuries and illnesses.
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Job Outlook

Employment of woodworkers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020 stemming from growing demand for domestic wood products.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of woodworkers was $13.47 in May 2010.
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Woodworkers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Woodworkers

28010

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Woodworkers*
Percent Change in Employment

Woodworkers

18.0939

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Woodworkers

Many employers seek applicants who have a high school diploma or the equivalent, because of the growing sophistication of machinery and the constant need for retraining. Although some entry-level jobs can be learned in less than 1 year, becoming a fully trained woodworker requires many skills and generally takes at least 3 years of on-the-job training.
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