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Career and Education Opportunities for Upholsterers in San Diego, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for upholsterers in the San Diego, California area. There are currently 6,800 working upholsterers in California; this should shrink 3% to about 6,600 working upholsterers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for upholsterers, which 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.

A person working as an upholsterer can expect to earn about $12 per hour or $26,310 yearly on average in California and about $13 hourly or $29,000 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for upholsterers are better than earnings in the general category of Fabric and Leather in California and better than general Fabric and Leather category earnings nationally.

There are sixty schools of higher education in the San Diego area, including one within twenty-five miles of San Diego where you can get a degree to start your career as an upholsterer. The most common level of education for upholsterers is a high school diploma or GED. It will take only a short time to learn to be 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Upholsterer Training

Palomar College - San Marcos, CA

Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA 92069-1487. Palomar College is a large college located in San Marcos, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 28,093 students. Palomar College has a two to four year program in Upholstery/Upholsterer.

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.

LICENSES

Custom Upholsterer

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, 3485 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660

Phone: (916) 574-0280
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Diego, California

San Diego, California
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San Diego is situated in San Diego County, California. It has a population of over 1,279,329, which has grown by 4.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in San Diego, 141, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Diego are valued at $323,700 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-one new homes were constructed in San Diego, down from seven hundred forty-eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Diego are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 35.0% of San Diego residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Diego is 10.5%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Diego residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.7%, is less than both the national and state average. Penasquitos Nazarene Church, Peace Lutheran Church and Paul E Kidd African Methodist Episcopal Church are some of the churches located in San Diego. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

San Diego is home to the Zlac Rowing Club and the Rancho Los Penasquitos Golf Course as well as Adobe Bluffs Park and John F Kennedy Park. Shopping malls in the area include San Diego Factory Outlet Shopping Center, San Carlos Shopping Center and Montgomery Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to San Diego can choose from Best Western Posada at the Yac, Beachfront San Diego and Banana Bungalow Hostel San Diego for temporary stays in the area.