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Furniture Mover

Furniture movers move furniture, office supplies, and equipment to and from homes, apartments, offices, and storage spaces.

Also Known As

Materials Handler, Mover

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Material Handlers (manual) (7452.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Material Handlers (H812) 
  • 2011 NOC: Material handlers (7452) 
  • 2016 NOC: Material handlers (7452) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Material Handlers (manual)
2006 NOC : 7452.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing information to perform other material handling activities such as counting, weighing, sorting, packing and unpacking

OBJECTIVE

Interest in feeding - offbearing to move household appliances and furniture on and off moving trucks and vans

innovative

Interest in arranging articles in vans to form compact loads and in securing articles to prevent damage and breakage

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another. In general, furniture movers wrap and pack items, making sure everything is secure in the vehicle. They take an inventory furniture and equipment, noting existing defects or damage. They also:

  • Greet customers and politely, but briefly, answer questions or refer customers to office staff
  • Cover floors and woodwork to protect them from damage
  • Determine special packing and wrapping requirements for items such as artwork, electronics, antiques, beds, and appliances
  • Carry articles and boxes to the moving van
  • Create an accurate inventory as items are loaded into the van
  • Place bulky or heavy items in the lower part of the truck box or moving van
  • Arrange articles in tiers, using padding and straps to secure items and prevent shifting when the truck is moving
  • Complete a walk-around inspection with the customers to ensure all items have been loaded
  • Take photos with a smartphone
  • Drive moving vans to local or long-distance destinations and unload at destination
  • Accept payment from customers before unloading and provide receipts when required
  • Lay out floor runners and determine where items should be placed at destination
  • Check inventory as items come off the truck
  • Reassemble furniture pieces at destination
  • Clean up and make sure everything has been delivered in the same condition as when it was picked up
  • Have customers sign the bill of lading and inventories

If anything is missing or damaged at the time of delivery, movers must note the details. This enables the company to trace the item or compensate the customer.

Furniture movers may drive long distances. They may make minor repairs to furniture and equipment.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Part of a furniture mover’s day is spent riding in a van. However, most of the time they are on their feet. They frequently move items weighing over 55 kilograms. They must use proper equipment and lifting techniques to avoid injury. Most movers wear uniforms. These are either supplied by the company or sold to movers at a discount.

Employment may be seasonal. The peak season is from May to September. Volumes increase at the end of each month.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Furniture movers need:

  • Physical strength, stamina, and co-ordination
  • The ability to write clearly and follow written and spoken instructions
  • The ability to judge distances and space
  • The ability to organize their work and time
  • A customer-service orientation and the ability to get along with customers who are often under stress
  • The ability to work independently and also co-operatively with fellow workers
  • A neat appearance

They should enjoy handling, sorting, and packing materials. They should be comfortable arranging articles to form compact, secure loads. They should enjoy using tools and equipment and dealing with the public.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Material handlers
NOC code: 7452

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Apr 28, 2022 and May 27, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Load, unload and move products and materials by hand or with basic material handling equipment
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Operate a variety of equipment to load, unload and move materials and products
Pack and unpack goods
Personal Suitability: Hardworking
Personal Suitability: Positive attitude
Personal Suitability: Team player
Pick orders and stock
Organize and maintain inventory
Personal Suitability: Dependability
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Minimum Education Varies

There are no standard education requirements for this occupation. However, math skills and English communication skills are required. Related experience, a valid Alberta Class 1, 3, or 5 driver’s licence, and an air brake endorsement are definite assets.

Furniture movers are trained on the job.

Increasingly, the furniture moving industry relies on smartphones. Movers must take photos and have email access. Knowledge and skills with smartphones is an asset.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Most furniture movers start as helpers employed for the summer months by transportation, storage, and moving companies.

Employers offer full-time, year-round positions only to their most experienced and productive workers.

Experienced movers may specialize in particular activities, such as office moves or installations. If they have the required driver’s licences and endorsements, they may move into local or long-distance driver positions. Van supervisory positions require good customer-relations skills, the ability to handle the required paperwork, and driving qualifications.

In large moving companies, positions such as dispatcher, estimator, or advisor for international moves may require a high school diploma. Theses positions may also require basic computer skills, such as word processing and creating spreadsheets. Some experienced movers buy their own trucks or tractor-trailers and become independent operators. They may contract their services to long-distance movers or to the public.

Furniture movers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7452: Material handlers. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • Size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

In Alberta, the 7452: Material handlers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.3% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 215 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Material handlers

2016 NOC : 7452
Average Wage
$21.58
Per Hour
Average Salary
$43,086.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39.2
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.7
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7452 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $26.80 $18.52 $18.00
Overall $16.00 $29.11 $21.58 $21.50
Top $17.07 $35.00 $25.29 $24.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
Public Administration
Construction
Manufacturing
Agriculture
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing
ALL INDUSTRIES
Wholesale Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Retail Trade
Health Care & Social Assistance

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

58%
58%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

22%
22%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) website: www.mover.net

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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