Supervisors in the carpentry trades oversee the work of carpenters and cabinetmakers. Contractors own and operate their own carpentry-related businesses.
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 1,260
In general, contractors and supervisors in the carpentry trades:
They may also supervise and co-ordinate the activities of apprentices, helpers and labourers. In addition, those who are self-employed manage their company’s operations.
Supervisors in the carpentry trades work for construction companies, carpentry contractors and maintenance departments in industry. They also work for custom furniture and fixture manufacturing and repair companies. Contractors own and operate their own carpentry-related businesses.
Supervisors and contractors usually work in offices and workshops. They visit indoor and outdoor job sites in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Work areas can be noisy and dusty, with loud machinery and tools as well as fumes from chemical products.
Because less carpentry work is available in the winter, contractors and supervisors in many areas of B.C. tend to be busier from spring through fall.
Source: 2016 Census
Contractors and supervisors in the carpentry trades usually need a high school diploma and several years of experience as a carpenter or cabinetmaker. Most also need journey-level trade certification.
Visit SkilledTradesBC for information on certification requirements for carpenters and cabinetmakers in British Columbia. Also, review the career profiles for carpenters and cabinetmakers to learn about these requirements.
For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.
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Demand for carpentry work relies on growth in the construction industry and any slowdown in residential construction reduces opportunities for supervisors and contractors.
New technologies, such as computer-controlled equipment and computer-based systems for design, estimating and cost control, are increasing productivity in the trades. So are new, more efficient methods, such as pre-manufactured cabinets and fixtures.
Being able to see the results of this work can make being a part of the carpentry trades a very rewarding career.
Workers in carpentry often move between various jobs within the trade. Movement between trades, however, is less common.
Experienced supervisors may go on to become self-employed contractors.