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Woodworking careers

A woodworking student at work.

If you’re creative and like working with your hands, then becoming a woodworker may be the perfect career. At NSCC, you learn the practical skills you need in a state-of-the-art shop setting. You focus on building your foundation skills in equipment operations and blueprint reading. In just one or two short years, you turn your design ideas into beautiful wood products and graduate ready to start your career in the profession.

Jobs and Salaries

Salaries in the woodworking industry will depend on the position, but graduates usually see entry-level salaries between $14/hour and $33/hour according to current Nova Scotia Labour Market Information. Some graduates end up opening their own businesses, taking on custom design or high-end projects.


  • Cabinetmaking
    Learn all aspects of cabinetmaking – identifying and selecting wood, reading drawings, operating woodworking machines and practising the basic arts of cabinetry.
  • Carpentry – Certificate
    Develop skills in many aspects of the carpentry trade – construction, building codes and safety.
  • Carpentry – Diploma
    Learn all aspects of carpentry, from construction safety and the use of hand tools, to building science, floor and wall framing and exterior finishing.
  • Heritage Carpentry
    Refine your carpentry skills in the areas of renovation, restoration and preservation of historic buildings.

Paying for college

A college education is one of the most cost-effective ways to get the skills and knowledge you need to get ahead. College tuition costs are usually lower than university costs, but you also need to factor in your books, supplies, housing and other related living expenses.

You can work part-time or apply for student awards, scholarships, bursaries or loans. Do research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for by visiting NSCC’s Student Awards

Learn more and apply

NSCC's Admissions team is currently accepting applications for September 2021. To reserve a spot in one of our woodworking programs, apply today.

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