Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and Inspectors

(NOC 9532)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Furniture and fixture assemblers assemble parts to form subassemblies or complete articles of furniture and fixtures. Inspectors inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products to make sure they meet product quality. They work for furniture manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 60 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 435 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1945 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 “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 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. Furniture and Fixture Assemblers and Inspectors may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

Hourly Pay

$13.35

Minimum

$17.00

Median

$22.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$19,408

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$20.80

Median

$33.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Furniture and fixture assemblers assemble parts to form subassemblies or complete articles of furniture and fixtures. Inspectors inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products to make sure they meet product quality. They work for furniture manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Furniture and fixture assemblers:

  • Prepare, sand and trim wooden furniture and fixture parts using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble wooden or metal furniture and fixture parts to form subassemblies and complete articles using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble a combination of parts made of wood, metal, plastic, cane or other materials to form subassemblies or complete furniture articles.
  • Reinforce assembled furniture and fixtures with dowels or other supports.
  • Install hardware like hinges or clasps on furniture and fixtures.

Furniture and fixture inspectors:

  • Inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products to make sure they meet quality standards.
  • Mark defective parts or products for repair.
  • Make minor changes and repairs.
  • Record information on products inspected.

Sample job titles

  • assembly inspector
  • chair assembler
  • desk assembler
  • fixture assembler
  • furniture assembler
  • furniture inspector
  • metal furniture assembler
  • table assembler
  • wood furniture assembler

Skills

  • These jobs need mechanical skill and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and pay close attention to detail.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.

Other considerations

  • Movement is possible between jobs in this group. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

62.5%

employed full-time

37.5%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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49.2

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Halifax

N/A
25.0%

Southern

N/A
25.0%

Annapolis Valley

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

75.0%

Manufacturing

25.0%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

65+

25.0%

35-44

25.0%

45-54

25.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

37.5%

High school

N/A
37.5%

College Diploma

N/A
25.0%

Less than high school

N/A
25.0%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

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

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Contacts

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.