The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia and is projected to grow by 2.4% in the next 5 years. It employs close to 1.2 million people and has the largest number of small businesses in Australia. Construction workers are employed in both residential and commercial sectors, and are involved in site preparation, building installation and structure services. The majority of workers in the sector are employed as carpenters and joiners, followed by construction managers and plumbers (Source: IBISWorld)
The number of people working as Carpenters and Joiners (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years: from 130,600 in 2014 to 142,900 in 2019.
Average weekly earnings: $1,358 per week
Mode of work: Most work full-time (87%)
Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 44 hours/ week at work.
Age: the average age is 32 years. Many workers are under 25 years.
Gender: 1% workers are female
Workers usually need a certificate III in carpentry. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.
Carpentry is a skilled trade involving the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials for either residential or commercial construction. Studies in carpentry will teach you how to use tools and equipment, read and interpret construction plans, excavate, install lining, panelling & moulding, construct wall frames, roofs & formwork and much more.
Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.
A 2-year packaged trade course costs between $12,000 and $19,000 per year, depending on the institution.