Furniture movers move furniture, office supplies, and equipment to and from homes, apartments, offices, and storage spaces.
Materials Handler, Mover
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:
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.
Interest in comparing information to perform other material handling activities such as counting, weighing, sorting, packing and unpacking
Interest in feeding - offbearing to move household appliances and furniture on and off moving trucks and vans
Interest in arranging articles in vans to form compact loads and in securing articles to prevent damage and breakage
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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.
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:
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.
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.
Furniture movers need:
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.
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:
|Load, unload and move products and materials by hand or with basic material handling equipment||82|
|Personal Suitability: Reliability||63|
|Operate a variety of equipment to load, unload and move materials and products||62|
|Pack and unpack goods||62|
|Personal Suitability: Hardworking||61|
|Personal Suitability: Positive attitude||58|
|Personal Suitability: Team player||56|
|Pick orders and stock||56|
|Organize and maintain inventory||50|
|Personal Suitability: Dependability||49|
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.
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There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Wages*||Low (5th percentile)||High (95th percentile)||Average||Median|
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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
|Oil & Gas Extraction||$56,632|
|Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing||$45,725|
|Transportation and Warehousing||$43,614|
|Business, Building and Other Support Services||$38,085|
|Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)||$36,672|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||$30,955|
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.