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Other Elemental Service Occupations

What they do?

Dry cleaning operators use machines to clean suits, sweaters, draperies, cushion covers, and other garments/household articles. They may specialize in cleaning leather/suede garments.

A. Dry cleaning and laundry inspectors check garments to make sure they meet appropriate standards.

B. Ironing, pressing, and finishing workers operate pressing/ironing machines and hand-iron fine lace or silk items.

C. Beauty salon attendants shampoo customers' hair and assist hairstylists.

D. Door attendants assist persons entering/leaving facilities.

E. Ticket takers and ushers receive admission tickets at events.

F. Funeral attendants drive hearses, arrange floral displays, and perform other related duties.

Where they find work?

1. Other services (except public administration) - 43.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 13.0%
3. Accommodation and food services - 9.0%
4. Retail trade - 6.0%
5. Clothing manufacturing - 6.0%
6. Arts entertainment and recreation - 6.0%
7. Information and cultural industries - 6.0%

What education do I need?

1. To work in this field, you usually need some high school education.

2. To work in dry cleaning, laundry, ironing, or pressing occupations, you usually need on-the-job training and may need experience as an inspector or assembler.

3. To work as a suede, leather, and fur cleaner, you may need experience as a dry cleaning or laundry machine operator.

4. To work as a funeral attendant or car jockey, you need a driver's licence.

5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Other Elemental Service Occupations is $10.53/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are close to the average for all labouring and elemental occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Other Elemental Service Occupations wages

Expected Wage by Age

Other Elemental Service Occupations Wage By Age


7% of Other Elemental Service Occupations are unemployed. This rate is below the average for labouring and elemental occupations.


Other Elemental Service Occupations Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Other Elemental Service Occupations Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Other Elemental Service Occupations is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($10.53) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

4. The unemployment rate (7%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (31%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Dealing with the public

2. Customer service

3. Promoting

Part Time Workers

Other Elemental Service Occupations Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

37% of Other Elemental Service Occupations are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 54,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 10% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Other Elemental Service Occupations Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Other Elemental Service Occupations Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 6% of Other Elemental Service Occupations are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Other Elemental Service Occupations Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

57% of the individuals employed as Other Elemental Service Occupations are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.