The primary duties of a handyman revolve around building and appliance repair and maintenance. Some common handyman skills include basic plumbing, electrical repair, painting and remodeling interiors and exteriors. Handymen are typically hired for tasks that are too complicated or difficult for homeowners to do on their own.
Becoming a handyman generally does not require any specialized schooling, though individuals with educational backgrounds in electrical engineering and carpentry tend to be better prepared for the position. Most handymen are trained on an apprenticeship basis, studying under a senior handyman who supervises them while they gain the hands-on experience necessary for the job.