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

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2022

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.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide 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. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

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

$13.00

Minimum

$16.00

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

$22,598 median annual income
15.5%

North Shore

$15,651 median annual income
11.9%

Cape Breton

$34,833 median annual income
10.7%

Annapolis Valley

$19,942 median annual income
3.6%

Southern

N/A

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%

Trade Certification

$34,784 median annual income
13.1%

College Diploma

$19,100 median annual income

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

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

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

Floorcovering Installer

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

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.