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A FastForward Guide to the Carpentry Industry

Carpentry is arguably one of the oldest trades or professions in the world. For millennia, humans have been working with wood to build homes, cross vast expanses and ship goods across the globe. Over time, carpentry has evolved to include new innovative techniques that require the latest skills and certifications. If you are looking to learn a skilled trade and start a career in carpentry, FastForward training at your local community college can help.

Exploring the tools of the trade

The carpentry industry has no shortage of options and career paths. For example, FastForward offers credentials for both residential and commercial carpentry. Residential carpentry requires less training, and therefore tends to pay less than commercial carpentry, but it leaves plenty of room for growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, residential building construction workers make an average annual wage of $51,880, while nonresidential building construction workers (commercial) make slightly more per year, at an average of $62,060.

The state of Virginia currently employs around 16,330 carpenters who work mostly in large metropolitan areas. Big cities tend to have large populations, resulting in a greater need for new housing and construction developments. However, FastForward offers its carpentry and skilled trade credentials at community colleges all across the state. So, just because you don’t live in or close to a big city doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the training programs.

Stacking makes sense

It doesn’t have to stop with carpentry, either. Like all FastForward training, carpentry credentials can be stacked to expand your range of experience.

Becoming a carpenter and working in the construction industry can open the door to other trades. The skills learned in a FastForward class can translate to many different jobs. Some students who earn their carpentry credentials come back to train as mechanical technicians, electricians or plumbers. FastForward also offers project management credentials that pair well with the skilled trades background.

Diversifying your skillset is never a bad idea, and FastForward can provide a foundation for you to discover additional skills to take you down a new career path. The more you invest in yourself, the bigger the payoff.

Filling a need

Society will never stop building. As long as there are people, there will be a demand for carpenters and skilled tradespeople. By earning your credentials with FastForward, you will have a multifaceted tool at your disposal.

Your community colleges want you to build something that lasts, and starting a carpentry credential through FastForward can be your first step.  

In the video below, see how two of our own students are taking advantage of their education in the trade.

Interested in a carpentry and skilled trades certifications, but don’t know where to start? Contact a career coach at your local community college.