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Career and Education Opportunities for Upholsterers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

If you want to be an upholsterer, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 240 people are currently employed as upholsterers in Louisiana. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 14% to 270 people employed. This is better than 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 $25,640 annually on average in Louisiana and about $13 per hour 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 Louisiana and better than general Fabric and Leather category earnings nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Baton Rouge where you can study to be an upholsterer, among thirty-six schools of higher education total in the Baton Rouge area. Given that the most common education level 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

Louisiana Technical College-Folkes Campus - Jackson, LA

Louisiana Technical College-Folkes Campus, 3337 Hwy. 10, Jackson, LA 70748. Louisiana Technical College-Folkes Campus is a small college located in Jackson, Louisiana. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 787 students. Louisiana Technical College-Folkes Campus has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Upholstery/Upholsterer which graduated one and twelve students respectively 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: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana photo by Anrie

Baton Rouge is situated in East Baton Rouge Parish County, Louisiana. It has a population of over 223,689, which has shrunk by 1.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Baton Rouge, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Baton Rouge are priced at $189,100 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-five new homes were built in Baton Rouge, down from two hundred fifty-seven the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Baton Rouge are educational services, health care, and public administration. For men, it is educational services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 31.7% of Baton Rouge residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge is 7.1%, which is the same as Louisiana's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Baton Rouge residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.7%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hughes United Methodist Church and Straight Life Baptist Church are all churches located in Baton Rouge. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Baton Rouge is home to the Baton Rouge Industrial Park and the Baton Rouge Country Club as well as Howell Park and Independence Park. Shopping centers in the area include Carriage Alley Shopping Center, Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center and Foret and McCall Shopping Center. Visitors to Baton Rouge can choose from Pines Motel, Motel 6 and Shoneys Inn & Suites Baton Rouge for temporary stays in the area.