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Career and Education Opportunities for Furniture Refinishers in Charlotte, North Carolina

If you want to be a furniture refinisher, the Charlotte, North Carolina area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 3,560 working furniture refinishers in North Carolina; this should shrink by 37% to 2,240 working furniture refinishers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for furniture refinishers, which sees this job pool growing by about 4.5% over the next eight years. Furniture refinishers generally shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

The income of a furniture refinisher is about $12 per hour or $26,290 yearly on average in North Carolina. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $12 hourly or $26,890 annually on average. Incomes for furniture refinishers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Furniture in North Carolina, and not quite as good as the overall Furniture category nationally.

The Charlotte area is home to forty-three schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Charlotte where you can get a degree as a furniture refinisher. The most common level of education for furniture refinishers is less than a high school diploma. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a furniture refinisher if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER 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.

It is important for furniture refinishers to smooth and touch-up surfaces to ready them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders. They are often called upon to stencil or paint designs or borders to reproduce the original appearance of restored pieces, or to decorate new pieces. They also mix finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades. They are sometimes expected to decide on appropriate finishing ingredients such as paint or varnish, depending on factors such as wood hardness and surface type. Somewhat less frequently, furniture refinishers are also expected to wash surfaces to ready them for finish application.

Furniture refinishers sometimes are asked to treat warped or stained surfaces to restore original contours and colors. They also have to be able to spread graining ink over metal portions of furniture so as to simulate wood-grain finish And finally, they sometimes have to recommend woods and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products and styles.

Like many other jobs, furniture refinishers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Charlotte include:

  • 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Furniture Refinisher Training

Catawba Valley Community College - Hickory, NC

Catawba Valley Community College, 2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602-0699. Catawba Valley Community College is a small college located in Hickory, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,011 students. Catawba Valley Community College has less than one year, one to two year, and associate's degree programs in Furniture Design and Manufacturing which graduated thirty, one, and four students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina photo by Alaskan Assassin

Charlotte is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. It has a population of over 687,456, which has grown by 27.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Charlotte, 86, is well below the national average.

The three big industries for women in Charlotte are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, finance and insurance, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 36.4% of Charlotte residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Charlotte is 9.7%, which is less than North Carolina's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Charlotte residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 48.0%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. New Hampton Church, New Emmanuel Church and New East Stonewall Church are all churches located in Charlotte. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Charlotte is home to the Crown Point Plaza and the Providence Square as well as Kilborne District Park and Little Rock Road District Park. Shopping malls in the area include Heckinger Shopping Center, Hampshire Hills Shopping Center and Providence Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Charlotte can choose from American Motel, Extended Stay America - Charlotte/Tyvola and Drury Inn and Suites Charlotte for temporary stays in the area.