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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment growth for carpenters will increase about 24 percent, or much faster than average, through 2012. This trend is due to the fact that replacement carpenters are needed for the large number of experienced carpenters who leave the field every year for work that is less strenuous. Replacement workers are also needed for the fair amount of workers just starting out in the field who decide to move on to more comfortable occupations. And, of course, replacements are needed for those who retire. Increased home building, home modifications for the growing elderly population, the continued rise of environment-friendly construction and home modification, two-income couples' desire for larger homes, and the growing population of all ages should all contribute to the demand for carpenters.