Spotlight on Construction Trades: Carpentry and Electrical

Filed in Student Chapters, Workforce Development by on October 16, 2017 0 Comments

As NAHB continues to celebrate Careers in Construction Month, we’ll be taking a closer look at the skilled trades that are essential components of the home building process. Today we’re focusing on the rewarding job opportunities in the carpentry and electrical trades.


Carpenters are needed in all areas of construction and are often employed through the entire construction process. This makes carpentry one of the most secure jobs in the industry. After completing training, there are a variety of employment options, including working for home builders, sub-contractors and remodelers.

With an average national wage of $48,500, carpenters will find a solid career path in housing markets across the country. Learn more about carpentry training programs and job opportunities.


Equally important to home construction, qualified electricians are always in demand. Electricians work throughout the entire house, installing metal conduits and wiring; hooking up electrical appliances; installing electrical switches and lighting fixtures; and ensuring work is done according to relevant codes.

The average national wage for the electrical trades is $55,770, with demand for these jobs growing 14% through 2024.

Learn more about electrical training programs and job opportunities.

Check out NAHB’s Careers in the Construction Trades for information about other skilled trades, including training programs and job opportunities offered through our workforce development partners HBI and

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