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Carpentry and Masonry: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Carpentry and Masonry: Carpenters and Masons craft the buildings we live and work in and the furniture we use every day. They combine technical skills with craftsmanship to build and finish much of the world in which we live.

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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.

CITIES WITH Carpentry and Masonry OPPORTUNITIES IN Pennsylvania

Featured Online Colleges

Everest University
Liberty University
American InterContinental University Online

CAREERS WITHIN Carpentry and Masonry

Brick and Block Mason

Brick and Block Masons lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, and other structures. Brick and Block Masons need to use core mathematical skills in problem solving. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Bricklayer Helper

Bricklayer Helpers help brickmasons, blockmasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties of lesser skill. Bricklayer Helpers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.

Plasterers apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, or similar materials. Plasterers need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to train others in tasks and process.