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Which is a better trade to start Commercial Carpenter or Commercial Electrician, or something else? And why?

I'm wanting to get into a good apprenticeship program, in a good field that I can stick with for a long time. Having very little construction experience, I'm having a tough time choosing between a Commercial Carpenter or a Commercial Electrician, or perhaps there is even something out there I don't know of that's better. Could you tell me which you think is better overall, and why? What are the plusses and minuses of each? Thanks.

Asked By: Rockstar from another dimension - 10/2/2007
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They are both really good trade programs. It depends on your abilities and skills somewhat. It's a little more difficult to get top wages in carpentry. Electricians that work on or around live (hot) hi voltage work tend to get higher pay, but it's a higher risk job.
Answered By: papercutfaint - 10/2/2007
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electrician, pros, you work inside, and dont get to dirty. cons, attics in summer.
Answered By: mustachekat - 10/2/2007
 
Carpentry - and specialize in cabinet making. A good cabinet maker is in very high demand right now and they make excellent money!! You can get to a point where you have your own business much faster than being an electrician. Nothing wrong with being an electrician - that is an excellent trade as well. It's just... More
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Answered By: Steve in NC - 10/2/2007
 
Well, I am a long time carpenter (now only self serving) and I'm giving you opposite advice. Electricians make much better money, you work in a much easier environment and demand is stronger. Electricians are licensed, carpenters are not (need I say illegal aliens?) Electricians charge much more per hour because they... More
Answered By: ~Seamaster~ - 10/2/2007
 
Would have to say Electrician... More
Answered By: split dog - 10/3/2007
 
Electricians need a license, so our jobs can not be taken over by 2 dollar an hour illegal aliens. More and more states are passing laws requiring that ALL electric work and plumbing work be performed by licensed people. So those fields are going to grow in the future. So there you are. Electrician or plumber.
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Answered By: John himself - 10/3/2007
 
Electrician. They tend to make more money, work isn't as labor intensive as carpentry, normally the house is framed and roofed so you're not out in the elements, and its easier on your body, thus you can make a career as an electrician. Good Luck.
Answered By: Randy C - 10/4/2007
 
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