Floor Covering Installers

(NOC 7295)

in All Trades and Transportation

Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl, and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. They work for construction companies, floor-covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. 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 grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Floor Covering Installers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 50% of Floor Covering Installers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $30,270. 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

$14.00

Minimum

$17.44

Median

$27.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,012

Minimum

$22,598

Median

$50,296

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

Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl, and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. They work for construction companies, floor-covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Floor covering installers:

  • Inspect, measure, and mark surfaces to be covered.
  • Measure, cut and fasten underlay and underpadding.
  • Measure, cut and install carpeting using hand or machine stitcher, seaming iron, bonding tape, or other bonding materials.
  • Stretch carpeting using knee-kicker or power stretcher and secure carpeting to floor or other surfaces using staple gun or other devices.
  • Measure, cut and install resilient floor covering using adhesive, rollers and other hand tools.
  • Install hardwood floors using glue, staples, nails, or other means.
  • Inspect and repair damaged floor coverings.
  • May estimate material and labour costs.

Sample job titles

  • carpet installer
  • carpet layer
  • floor covering installer
  • floor layer
  • hardwood floor covering installer
  • residential floor and wall covering installer
  • vinyl floor installer
  • wood floor installer

Skills

You should have physical stamina, agility, and coordination, and be capable of climbing, reaching, crouching, and handling heavy materials. You must be able to perform basic mathematical calculations.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • 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.
  • Trade certification for floor covering installers is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified floor covering installers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Jobs in the construction industry are strongly affected by seasonal changes and general economic conditions, and many are on a project basis. As a result, workers in these jobs should be prepared for periods of unemployment. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

425

employed in 2016

79.8%

employed full-time

31.0%

self employed

2.4%
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97.6%
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47.8

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?

58.3%

Halifax

15.5%

North Shore

11.9%

Cape Breton

10.7%

Annapolis Valley

3.6%

Southern

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

89.7%

Construction

4.4%

Retail trade

2.9%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

2.9%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

21.0%

35-44

15.0%

25-34

11.0%

15-24

6.0%

65+

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

35.7%

Less than high school

$20,483 median annual income
33.3%

High school

$19,867 median annual income
15.5%

Apprenticeship

$34,784 median annual income
13.1%

College Diploma

$19,100 median annual income

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$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

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Carpet, Floor, and Tile Worker

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to plan, prepare, install, and repair carpet, linoleum, vinyl, ceramic, marble, quarry, mosaic, and terrazzo tiles, and wood materials on floors, walls, and stairs. They include courses in measuring, cutting, and installing materials, use of hand and power-operated equipment, estimation of material and labour costs, and safety training.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Carpenter Millwright College (CMC) Inc.

Lower Sackville, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Floorcovering Installer

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This job 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
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS
BuildForce Canada
Ottawa, ON
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Halifax, NS