Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

(NOC 7441)

in All Trades and Transportation

Workers in this group install and service a wide variety of interior and exterior prefabricated products like windows, doors, electrical appliances, water heaters, fences, play structures and septic and irrigation systems at residential, commercial, or institutional properties. They work for companies specializing in specific product installation and service.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 235 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate 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 a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely 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. Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers 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 48% of Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,978. 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

$13.62

Minimum

$19.00

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,675

Minimum

$26,079

Median

$53,238

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

Workers in this group install and service a wide variety of interior and exterior prefabricated products like windows, doors, electrical appliances, water heaters, fences, play structures and septic and irrigation systems at residential, commercial, or institutional properties. They work for companies specializing in specific product installation and service.

Job duties

Installers and servicers:

  • Read blueprints or work order specifications to determine layout and installation procedures.
  • Measure and mark guidelines to be used for installations.
  • Install, repair and service interior prefabricated products like doors, windows, kitchen cupboards, bathroom vanities, water heaters and household appliances using hand and power tools.
  • Install, repair and service exterior prefabricated products like siding, shutters, awnings, fencing, decks, septic and irrigation systems, signs and play structures using hand and power tools.

Sample job titles

  • deck installer
  • hot water heater installer
  • kitchen cabinet installer
  • satellite dish installer
  • septic selectors/designers
  • septic system installer
  • siding installer
  • solar heating technician
  • swimming pool installer
  • window installer

Skills

You should be in good physical condition and comfortable working outdoors and at varying heights. Basic mathematical skills are needed to make accurate measurements. You must be able to follow instructions and work well with others. The ability to read blueprints is also an asset.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education is usually required.
  • On-the-job training and several months of related installing, repairing or servicing experience are usually required.
  • A driver's licence may be required.

Other considerations

There is some mobility among the various types of installers and servicers in this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,045

employed in 2016

80.9%

employed full-time

19.6%

self employed

3.3%
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96.7%
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43.6

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?

49.5%

Halifax

17.8%

Annapolis Valley

12.0%

Cape Breton

11.1%

North Shore

9.6%

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

54.5%

Construction

12.7%

Retail trade

9.7%

Manufacturing

7.3%

Wholesale trade

4.2%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

24.0%

45-54

22.0%

25-34

16.0%

15-24

15.0%

55-64

14.0%

35-44

9.0%

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

40.4%

High school

$29,750 median annual income
20.2%

Less than high school

$20,739 median annual income
16.8%

Trade Certification

$27,762 median annual income
13.0%

College Diploma

$23,545 median annual income
7.2%

Bachelor

$22,059 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

Adult High School Diploma 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

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Septic Installers

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
(902) 424-3600
(902) 424-0503
Septic Selectors/Designers

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
(902) 424-3600
(902) 424-0503

Contacts

Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS
Nova Scotia Construction Safety Council
Dartmouth, NS
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Halifax, NS
Atlantic Home Building and Renovation Sector Council
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.