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Will "Carpenters" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's quite likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, workers can take comfort in the results from our poll, which shows a 35% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 72% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $20.96 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 403 out of 706

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Job description

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.

SOC Code: 47-2031

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Nick Bronnenmayer (Small chance) says
I have a lot of different tasks to do and moving to my working positions needs climbing or crawling. Standard houses can be made bi robots, but repairing a 100 year's old roof will stay a job for humans more than 30 years.
Dec 17, 2019 at 06:04 PM
Kieran Green (Small chance) says
I can see it likely that new build houses will be built by robots but I do t think they will be able to retro fit houses which have already been built by humans. And there are still and will be millions of houses to retro fit in decades to come.
Dec 08, 2019 at 11:38 AM
Manuel Castillo (No chance) says
Computers will never be able to problem solve real world situations when it comes to construction whether it's structural, finish and or scenic. Carpenters will not and cannot be replaced by computer.
Oct 05, 2019 at 03:07 PM
Henrik Nielsen says
I mean, its possible, BUT it will require a robot that can move as freely as humans, think with the same level of intelligence and "emotion" as humans (as a captender making a tough call, you think what would the client like, maybe i should focus on making this look good, But how does a robot know what "looks good" under extremely specific situations)

Every job is different, from the setting/location, weather, what and how the client wants, improvising and changing cuts/plans/drawing based on the house/job. No carpenter has ever made a cut without accounting for errors in the house from previous construction.

robots might replace carpenders, electricians, plummers, and all these trades. BUT it will not be easy, like at all. would you hire a robot to do the job a human can do, but worse?
Aug 12, 2019 at 10:19 AM
Mike (Highly likely) says
What you describe as the human element "emotion" is nothing more than an organic algorithm. It will be created in machines and its possible that AI and robots may be able to develop more "emotion" than even humans are capable of. The short of the long is that robots and AI will become better at absolutely everything, and in ways that we will never be able to even comprehend. It's best to just work at what we can while we still can, and to understand that the future will be nothing like this blast off we're in the midst of.
Sep 26, 2019 at 04:06 PM
zack says
Jul 15, 2019 at 01:54 PM
He says
Carpentry is a skilled trade. There's no mass production, you have to think carefully, and good communication is also necessary.
Mar 26, 2019 at 01:01 PM
TJ says
no way, no how

there's just too many variables involved on a day to day basis, not to mention robotics is pretty far away from having viable robots that can actually do the work.
Mar 12, 2019 at 03:32 AM

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