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Floor Covering Installers
Employment for carpet installers and floor layers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Carpet is the most popular type of flooring in the United States, but employment growth for carpet installers has slowed somewhat as more homeowners and businesses choose to install tile and hardwood floors in the belief that these materials are more durable than carpet. Employment for workers who install laminate, cork, rubber, and vinyl should decline rapidly as the popularity of these flooring materials decreases. Tile and marble setters should have the best employment opportunities in the coming years due to the increasing popularity of tile in shopping malls, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and upscale homes. The OOH predicts faster than average employment growth through 2022 for tile and marble setters. Many job opportunities for floor covering installers will occur when experienced workers leave the field for other occupations or retire. However, even during economic downturns, when new construction levels drop drastically, the need to replace flooring in existing buildings will create employment opportunities for installers.