Carpenters are among the largest group of workers in the building trades. The vast majority of them work for contractors involved in building, repairing, and remodeling buildings and other structures. Manufacturing firms, schools, stores, and government bodies employ most other carpenters. There are residential carpenters, who specialize in homes and condominiums; commercial carpenters, who work on commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls; and industrial carpenters, who work in industrial settings.

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