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Career and Education Opportunities for Carpet Installers in West Virginia

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and most populous city is Charleston.

There are currently 360 working carpet installers in West Virginia; this should shrink 6% to 340 working carpet installers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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 about $14 per hour or $30,980 per year on average in West Virginia and about $17 per hour or $37,030 yearly on average nationally. Carpet installers earn less than people working in the category of Home and Office Installation generally in West Virginia and less than people in the Home and Office Installation category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty, the West Virginia Humanities, and the Friends Of Blackwater Canyon.

CITIES WITH Carpet Installer OPPORTUNITIES IN West Virginia


JOB 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.

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.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in West Virginia include:

  • Insulation Installer. Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.
  • Tile Setter. Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, and roof decks.

LOCATION INFORMATION: West Virginia

West Virginia
West Virginia photo by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and biggest city is Charleston. In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 in 2007. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist attractions include the P A Denny, the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty, and the Craik.