Shoe Repairers and Shoemakers

(NOC 6343)

in All Sales and Service

Shoe repairers repair footwear and shoemakers make specialized and custom shoes and boots. They work in shoe repair shops or custom shoemaking businesses, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia. 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. Shoe Repairers and Shoemakers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

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Median

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Annual Pay

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Minimum

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Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Shoe repairers repair footwear and shoemakers make specialized and custom shoes and boots. They work in shoe repair shops or custom shoemaking businesses, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Shoemakers:

  • Discuss type of footwear to be made and take measurements from customer.
  • Select patterns and leather or other material and outline and cut patterns.
  • Select or assemble lasts, fasten insoles to lasts and sew or glue other parts into place.
  • Trim, dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes.
  • Estimate custom footwear costs and take payment from customers.
  • May supervise other shoemakers and shoe repairers.

Shoe repairers:

  • Repair soles, heels and other parts of footwear using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials and equipment.
  • Repair belts, luggage, purses and similar products.
  • Estimate footwear repair costs and take payment.

Sample job titles

  • Bootmaker
  • cobbler
  • custom shoemaker
  • orthopedic shoemaker
  • shoe repairer
  • shoemaker

Skills

You must be patient and capable of precise and exact work. Good eyesight, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination are also necessary. You must be able to follow directions closely and accept instructions from both clients and supervisors.

Job requirements

  • Some high school is usually required.
  • Several months of on-the-job training is provided for shoe repairers.
  • Extensive on-the-job training is provided for shoemakers.
  • Shoemakers may need experience as shoe repairers.

Other considerations

Shoe repairers may advance to shoemakers with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

100.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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N/A

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

100.0%

Halifax

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

100.0%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

50.0%

65+

50.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

100.0%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College certificate or diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor's degree

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

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

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

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