Carpenters work with wood, wood products, metal and other building materials. They build frames, floors, walls and ceilings for both residential and non-residential buildings. They may also do concrete form work, pile driving, drywall installation or “finish” work such as hanging doors or building cabinets.

Men and women in this trade need math skills to measure materials. They must also be able to read blueprints and draw sketches to communicate with others. If you enjoy working with wood and are interested in carpentry, you’ll need to do well in algebra and geometry.