Carpenters – NOC 7271 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people currently working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people within the occupation as of the week of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7 2016 when the unemployment rate in SDG was 5.8%


of People Working in this Occupation

36.8% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate

30.5% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

24.2% of the workforce has a college certificate or diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

22.9% of the workforce is age 25 to 34

26.6% of the workforce is age 55 to 64

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

65% of carpenters work in the construction sector.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.  Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions and a moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.  There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 8.1%-9%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • The number of businesses operating in the Construction sector has grown since 2012 with a net of 33 businesses created between June 2013 and June 2014.
  • The sector locally is comprised of small businesses. 73.1% of businesses operating in the Construction sector employ four people or less.
  • Employment Outlook for carpenters in the Ottawa Economic Region is fair.  Employment prospects are closely tied to the level of local construction activity as more than 85% of all workers were employed within this industry. Growth in the non-residential construction sector is expected to help support the need for these workers going forward. While new developments in the residential construction sector continue, a slowdown or rebalancing in the housing market could temper the demand for carpenters over the forecast period. However, the ongoing need for home renovations and repairs have contributed to job opportunities and is expected to remain healthy as economic growth in the province picks up. The increased use of prefabricated products such as window panels, doors and staircases will result in fewer employment hours for carpenters as tasks will become less labour intensive.
  • Self-employment may be another avenue to secure work as it is rather common in this field. The demand for these skilled workers tends to fluctuate seasonally, with employment needs strongest during the summer months and declining at other times of the year leading to periods of unemployment.
  • Carpenters will need to keep abreast of advancements in technology which are shaping the occupation. For instance, workers will need to be able to read computer generated blueprints and be familiar with the latest tools. Also, carpenters should be mobile as they will be required to travel to various job sites across the region. Employment prospects will be better for experienced workers with specialized carpentry skills. Although certification is voluntary for carpenters in Ontario, those who are certified or possess formal training in this trade may have a more favourable outlook.
  • For more information directly from local employers about this occupation, click on Construction & Utilities Services Sector.