Carpenters – NOC 7271 SDG
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
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
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%
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.