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Career and Education Opportunities for Upholsterers in Montgomery, Alabama

There are many career and education opportunities for upholsterers in the Montgomery, Alabama area. The national trend for upholsterers sees this job pool growing by about 6.8% over the next eight years. In general, upholsterers make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

Upholsterers earn approximately $10 per hour or $22,260 yearly on average in Alabama. Nationally they average about $13 hourly or $29,000 yearly. Upholsterers earn more than people working in the category of Fabric and Leather generally in Alabama and more than people in the Fabric and Leather category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Montgomery where you can study to be an upholsterer, among twelve schools of higher education total in the Montgomery area. The most common level of education for upholsterers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become an upholsterer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Upholsterer

Upholsterer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, upholsterers make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

Every day, upholsterers are expected to be able to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices.

It is important for upholsterers to examine furniture frames and webbing to identify defects. They are often called upon to remove covering and/or faulty springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers. They also build furniture up with loose fiber stuffing and/or foam padding to fashion smooth rounded surfaces. They are sometimes expected to attach fasteners ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools. Somewhat less frequently, upholsterers are also expected to measure and cut new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and layout specifications.

Upholsterers sometimes are asked to consider upholstery fabrics and styles with customers, and furnish cost estimates. They also have to be able to draw cutting lines on material following patterns or blueprints, using chalk or other methods and read work orders, and apply knowledge and experience with materials in order to establish types and amounts of materials used to cover workpieces. And finally, they sometimes have to make and/or develop custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.

Like many other jobs, upholsterers must be thorough and dependable and be persistant in the face of problems and impediments.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Montgomery include:

  • Furniture Refinisher. Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.
  • Garment Patternmaker. Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Upholsterer Training

J F Ingram State Technical College - Deatsville, AL

J F Ingram State Technical College, 5375 Ingram Rd, Deatsville, AL 36022. J F Ingram State Technical College is a small college located in Deatsville, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 621 students. J F Ingram State Technical College has a one to two year program in Upholstery/Upholsterer which graduated eighteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Environmental Drycleaner: CPD must demonstrate their knowledge regarding professional drycleaning and the implements of prescribed drycleaning standards for physical plant facilities and safe equipment operations.

For more information, see the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute International website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama photo by Spyder Monkey

Montgomery is situated in Montgomery County, Alabama. It has a population of over 202,696, which has grown by 0.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Montgomery, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Montgomery are valued at $129,500 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, two hundred seventy-eight new homes were built in Montgomery, down from six hundred nineteen the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Montgomery are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is public administration, construction, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 29.4% of Montgomery residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Montgomery is 10.1%, which is less than Alabama's average of 10.7%.

The percentage of Montgomery residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.6%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Big Roxanna Church, William African Methodist Episcopal Zion Chapel and Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church are some of the churches located in Montgomery. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Churches of Christ.

Montgomery is home to the Montgomery Public Library and the Booker T Washington Community Center as well as Old Selma Road Park and Montgomery East Exchange Park. Shopping centers in the area include Montgomery East Plaza Shopping Center, Montgomery Mall Shopping Center and Norman Bridge South Shopping Center. Visitors to Montgomery can choose from Relax Inn, Islander and Towne Place Suites by Marriott for temporary stays in the area.