Woodworkers manufacture a variety of products such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates. They often combine and incorporate different materials into wood.
Although working conditions vary from plant to plant, some woodworkers may encounter machinery noise and wood dust. Others work in modern plants with good lighting, active dust control, and sound deadening enclosures. Woodworkers have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average.
How to Become a Woodworker
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to become a woodworker. Although some entry-level jobs can be learned in less than 1 year, becoming fully proficient generally takes at least 3 years of on-the-job training. The ability to use computer-controlled machinery is becoming increasingly important.
Employment of woodworkers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Those who have advanced skills, including the ability to use computer-controlled machinery, should have the best job opportunities in manufacturing industries.
This occupation supported 202,700 jobs in 2012 and 237,299 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 17.1%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 7.7% in 2022 to 218,399 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 205,800, compared with an observed value of 237,299, 15.3% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to decrease by 0.7% in 2024 to 235,900 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 221,500 jobs for 2024, 6.1% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.