Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-7011 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products. Exclude "Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-7041 through 51-7042) who specialize in one or a limited number of machine phases.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Verify dimensions or check the quality or fit of pieces to ensure adherence to specifications. Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture. Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product. Set up or operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to cut, mold, or shape woodstock or wood substitutes. Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired or plan the methods or operations for shaping or assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions. Attach parts or subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, or clamps. Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing. Install hardware, such as hinges, handles, catches, or drawer pulls, using hand tools. Trim, sand, or scrape surfaces or joints to prepare articles for finishing. Match materials for color, grain, or texture, giving attention to knots or other features of the wood. Cut timber to the right size and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files. Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool. Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines. Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, or other pieces.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.59   Entry $22,031.00
Mean $14.52   Mean $30,199.00
Experience $16.48 Experience $34,284.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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