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Career and Education Opportunities for Furniture Refinishers in Alabama

Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its biggest city is Birmingham.

Currently, 320 people work as furniture refinishers in Alabama. This is expected to grow by 6% to about 340 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for furniture refinishers are expected to grow by about 4.5%. In general, furniture refinishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

Furniture refinishers earn about $11 hourly or $23,710 per year on average in Alabama and about $12 per hour or $26,890 annually on average nationally. Incomes for furniture refinishers are better than in the overall category of Furniture in Alabama, and not quite as good as the overall Furniture category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. Roughly 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the McWane Center, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

CITIES WITH Furniture Refinisher OPPORTUNITIES IN Alabama


JOB DESCRIPTION: Furniture Refinisher

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

In general, furniture refinishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

Every day, furniture refinishers are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Alabama include:

  • Cabinet Maker. Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.
  • Decorative Painter. Paint, coat, or decorate articles, such as furniture, glass, or leather.
  • Upholsterer. Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.
  • Woodworking Machine Setter and Operator. Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, and wood nailing machines.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alabama

Alabama
Alabama photo by Melinda Shelton

Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its most populous city is Birmingham. In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. Approximately 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Alan's Discount Music, the The Hip Hop Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.