Furniture Manufacturing Workers

Workers in furniture manufacturing occupations make items such as chairs, sofas, tables, beds, dressers, and desks that make rooms ready for use. Many of these workers are self-employed. Those on staff are employed at furniture manufacturing companies, repair firms, or restoration shops, cutting, shaping, assembling, finishing, and/or upholstering a variety of pieces of furniture.

Part of the home furnishings industry, furniture manufacturing provides employment opportunities for a variety of people, including a number of specialists. For example, there are about 78,140 cabinetmakers and bench carpenters, 13,740 furniture finishers, and 27,840 upholsterers in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Arm Makers, Assemblers, Bench Carpenters, Cabinetmakers, Finished-Stock Inspectors, Furniture Finishers, Hand Carvers, Upholsterers, Woodworkers
Duties Manufacture chairs, sofas, tables, beds, dressers, desks, and other types of furniture
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many furniture makers are headquartered in the Southeastern U.S.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training for some careers; three or more years' experience to become a skilled cabinetmaker or bench carpenter
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Inspector, or Supervisor, or Self Employed
  • Pattern or Sample Maker
  • Finisher or Assembler
  • Machine Operator
  • Stock Mover, or Helper, or Assistant

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