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Career and Education Opportunities for Furniture Refinishers in North Carolina

North Carolina has a population of 9,380,884, which has grown by 16.54% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Tar Heel State," its capital is Raleigh, though its most populous city is Charlotte.

Currently, 3,560 people work as furniture refinishers in North Carolina. This is expected to shrink 37% to 2,240 people 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. In general, furniture refinishers 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 hourly or $26,290 per year on average in North Carolina. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $12 hourly or $26,890 per year on average. Earnings for furniture refinishers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Furniture in North Carolina and not quite as good as general Furniture category earnings nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,497,808 jobs in North Carolina. The average annual income was $35,249 in 2008, up from $34,865 in 2007. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.6% in 2009, which has grown by 4.4% since the previous year. Approximately 22.5% of North Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Carolina include beverage product manufacturing, tobacco manufacturing, and pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the Mint Hill Country Doctors Museum.

CITIES WITH Furniture Refinisher OPPORTUNITIES IN North Carolina


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 North Carolina 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: North Carolina

North Carolina
North Carolina photo by Jan van der Crabben

North Carolina has a population of 9,380,884, which has grown by 16.54% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Tar Heel State," its capital is Raleigh, though its most populous city is Charlotte. In 2008, there were a total of 5,497,808 jobs in North Carolina. The average annual income was $35,249 in 2008, up from $34,865 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.6% in 2009, which has grown by 4.4% since the previous year. Approximately 22.5% of North Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Carolina include beverage product manufacturing, tobacco manufacturing, and pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Mint Hill Country Doctors Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the McGill Rose Garden.