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Cabinet Making Class and Cabinetmaker Jobs

Updated on January 22, 2012

In addition to custom cabinet making, there are hundreds of different manufacturers and commercial businesses that provide cabinetmaker jobs. Those seeking to specialize in this field should first take classes in cabinet making to increase job prospects.

Cabinet making is a mix of art and science. There are definite techniques to be employed that allow a craftsman to make a cabinet. But anyone seeking to become a cabinetmaker should at least have dexterity and be good at making things with their hands. Making custom cabinets and other woodwork also requires some natural artistic abilities that cannot really be taught in a cabinet making class. However, for those who have the aptitude for woodwork and cabinet making, this can be a rewarding job with excellent career prospects.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lumps cabinetmakers in with bench carpenters for career and job statistics purposes. In May of 2010, there were about 84,170 such jobs. This is the largest woodworking jobs category except for "woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders." Most of these jobs are with manufacturers, and those who get hired typically spend their time making cabinets or supervising a team of cabinetmakers. The median annual salary of these cabinetmakers and bench carpenters was $30,130.

There are some cabinetmaker and woodworking classes, but most people learn at the manufacturing plants and may even get hired with no experience. Nonetheless, taking classes in cabinetmaking can increase the chance of either getting better jobs or getting promotions once employed by a manufacturer or other cabinet-related business.

For example, Penn Foster has a furniture and cabinet maker course that can be taken in a few months in the comfort of your own home. This class may or may not make you an expert in cabinet making, but it can potentially help your chances of employment in the woodworking, furniture manufacturing, or cabinetmaking industries.

There are some college classes that touch upon cabinet making but may not directly relate to this craft. For example, classes in furniture manufacturing exist at some schools. Classes in computers and technology may also increase the opportunity for employment or career advancement in the cabinet making industry.

Once you have had your training classes, it is then time to go out and find jobs. Use sites like Simply Hired to find manufacturers that routinely hire cabinetmakers. Indeed is another popular site you can use to find United States cabinet making jobs.

Resources:

Penn Foster: Furniture and Cabinet Maker

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: Career Information for Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Simply Hired: Cabinetmaker Jobs

Indeed: Cabinetmaker Jobs

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