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Career and Education Opportunities for Carpet Installers in Seattle, Washington

For those living in the Seattle, Washington area, there are many career and education opportunities for carpet installers. There are currently 980 working carpet installers in Washington; this should grow by 11% to about 1,080 working carpet installers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for carpet installers are expected to shrink by about 1.1%. In general, carpet installers lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors.

Carpet installers earn approximately $15 hourly or $32,100 yearly on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $17 per hour or $37,030 per year. Incomes for carpet installers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Home and Office Installation in Washington, and not quite as good as the overall Home and Office Installation category nationally.

There are sixty-five schools of higher education in the Seattle area, including five within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree to start your career as a carpet installer. Given that the most common education level for carpet installers is less than a high school diploma, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a carpet installer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Carpet Installer

Carpet Installer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, carpet installers lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. They also install padding and trim flooring materials.

Carpet installers cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer. They also inspect surfaces to be covered to establish condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpets or cause carpets to wear unevenly. Equally important, carpet installers have to lay carpet on floors using adhesive, following prescribed methods. They are often called upon to trim carpet padding to size and lay padding, following prescribed methods. They are expected to fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in position. Finally, carpet installers take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate areas to be carpeted and the amounts of material needed.

Every day, carpet installers are expected to be able to lift, push and move large and heavy objects. They need to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

It is important for carpet installers to take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate areas to be carpeted and the amounts of material needed. They are often called upon to nail tack strips around areas to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet. They also draw building diagrams and record dimensions. They are sometimes expected to stretch carpet to align with walls and insure a smooth surface, and press carpet in position over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in position. Somewhat less frequently, carpet installers are also expected to fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in position.

They also have to be able to move furniture from areas to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding and trim and bind material. And finally, they sometimes have to move furniture from areas to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.

Like many other jobs, carpet installers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Seattle include:

  • Insulation Installer. Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Carpet Installer Training

Seattle Vocational Institute - Seattle, WA

Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S Jackson, Seattle, WA 98144-2219. Seattle Vocational Institute is a small school located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 270 students. Seattle Vocational Institute has a less than one year program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated twenty-seven students in 2008.

Edmonds Community College - Lynnwood, WA

Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036-5912. Edmonds Community College is a medium sized college located in Lynnwood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,823 students. Edmonds Community College has a less than one year program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated thirty-six students in 2008.

Clover Park Technical College - Lakewood, WA

Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-4004. Clover Park Technical College is a medium sized college located in Lakewood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,781 students. Clover Park Technical College has a less than one year program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated twenty students in 2008.

Renton Technical College - Renton, WA

Renton Technical College, 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA 98056-4195. Renton Technical College is a small college located in Renton, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,708 students. Renton Technical College has a less than one year program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has a less than one year program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated fifty-eight students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

SCI/SPI/SEN - Carpet Inspector: The Carpet Inspector Course focuses on preparing carpet inspectors for certification, it also serves as an introductory floor covering inspection course explaining basic investigation procedures that apply to all floor coverings.

For more information, see the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.