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Floor Covering Installers

What they do?

Floor covering installers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Inspect, measure and mark surfaces to be covered

B. Measure, cut and fasten underlay and underpadding

C. Measure, cut and install carpeting using hand or machine stitcher, seaming iron, bonding tape or other bonding materials

D. Stretch carpeting using knee-kicker or power stretcher and secure carpeting to floor or other surfaces using staple gun or other devices

E. Measure, cut and install resilient floor covering using adhesive, rollers and other hand tools

F. Install hardwood floors, such as strip floors, block floors or plank floors, using glue, staples, nails or other means

G. Inspect and repair damaged floor coverings

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 81.0%
2. Retail trade - 14.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

2. Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or over four years of work experience in the trade and some courses in floor covering installation are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.

3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

4. Trade certification for hardwood floor layers is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.

5. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified floor covering installers.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Industrial Arts
3. Business English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Floor Covering Installers is $17.61/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Floor Covering Installers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Floor Covering Installers Wage By Age


8% of Floor Covering Installers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Floor Covering Installers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Floor Covering Installers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Floor Covering Installers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($17.61) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (8%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because of an expected decline in the residential construction industry.

2. The number of persons leaving for retirement will be insufficient to counterbalance weak job creation performance leaving, thus leaving few foreseeable openings.

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

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (30%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Customer service

2. Working to schedule

3. Physical work

Part Time Workers

Floor Covering Installers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

9% of Floor Covering Installers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 13,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 12% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Floor Covering Installers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

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

Self Employed

Floor Covering Installers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 54% of Floor Covering Installers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Floor Covering Installers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

2% of the individuals employed as Floor Covering Installers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.