Cabinetmakers

(NOC 7272)

in All Trades and Transportation

Cabinetmakers use a variety of woods and laminates to construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures, and related products. They work for furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 4040 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 8425 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Cabinetmakers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 48% of Cabinetmakers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,970. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$20.00

Median

$25.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$8,793

Minimum

$27,005

Median

$44,004

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Cabinetmakers use a variety of woods and laminates to construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures, and related products. They work for furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Cabinetmakers:

  • Study plans, specifications, or drawings of articles to be made, or prepare specifications.
  • Mark outlines or dimensions of parts on wood.
  • Use woodworking machines like power saws, jointers, mortisers and shapers, and use hand tools to cut, shape and form parts and components.
  • Trim joints and fit parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit using glue and clamps and reinforce joints using nails, screws, or other fasteners.
  • Sand wooden surfaces and apply veneer, stain, or polish to finished products.
  • Repair or restyle wooden furniture, fixtures, and related products.
  • May estimate amount, type and cost of materials required.

Sample job titles

  • cabinetmaker
  • custom wood furniture maker
  • furniture cabinetmaker
  • journeyman/woman cabinetmaker
  • wood furniture and fixtures patternmaker
  • wood patternmaker

Skills

  • This work requires good hand-eye coordination, spatial perception, and material handling abilities. You should be in excellent physical condition and be willing to work under adverse weather conditions and at heights from ladders, staging, and rooftops. You must also be able to follow instructions and cooperate with others as part of a team. Some artistic ability is an asset.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school or college courses in cabinetmaking is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified cabinetmakers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

315

employed in 2016

90.5%

employed full-time

15.9%

self employed

7.9%
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92.1%
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49.1

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

37.5%

Halifax

$31,342 median annual income
18.8%

Annapolis Valley

$29,108 median annual income
17.2%

North Shore

$17,975 median annual income
14.1%

Southern

$35,644 median annual income
12.5%

Cape Breton

$19,717 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

71.4%

Manufacturing

20.4%

Construction

4.1%

Wholesale trade

4.1%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

26.0%

45-54

23.0%

55-64

23.0%

25-34

14.0%

35-44

8.0%

65+

6.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

28.6%

College Diploma

$22,198 median annual income
23.8%

Trade Certification

$18,682 median annual income
20.6%

High school

$29,085 median annual income
17.5%

Less than high school

$33,732 median annual income
6.3%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Cabinetmaking and Millwork

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to set up, operate and repair industrial woodworking machinery, and to use such machinery to design and fabricate wooden components and complete articles.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Cabinet Maker

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Halifax, NS

Contacts

Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS
Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers
Various, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.