Framing is the craft of reading blueprints and turning them into a physical reality. Sometimes called rough carpentry, framing consists of measuring, cutting and fastening materials to create the base structures of buildings and homes.

Framing is a fast-paced process that allows you to see the physical fruits of your labor. At the end of the day, you can step back and look at the building you have constructed. Framing is also a mentally challenging trade. If you enjoy math and solving puzzles, you will enjoy reading blueprints to measure, cut and fasten wood correctly.

A typical framing crew is made up of workers with varying skill levels and pay scales. Entry-level work in framing may consist of only hauling lumber or cutting wood. If you’re motivated to learn new skills, you have the potential to become the lead framer who reads blueprints and manages a team.

Framers are in high demand. According to a June 2016 survey by NAHB, 68% of builders and 78% of subcontractors reported a shortage of framing crews. Master a few basic skills like measuring, cutting, and reading blueprints, and you can take advantage of the vast opportunities in this trade.

Earning potential for Minnesota:

$15.08 per hour
$31,366 annually







High School Diploma




  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others actions.


Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


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