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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

  • 7452.1: Material Handlers (manual)

2006 NOC-S

  • H812: Material Handlers

2011 NOC

  • 7452: Material handlers

2016 NOC

  • 7452: Material handlers

2021 NOC

  • 75101: Material handlers
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another. In general, furniture movers wrap and pack items, and make sure everything is secure inside the moving vehicle. They take an inventory of 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 customers to ensure all items have been loaded
  • Take photos with a smartphone
  • Conduct vehicle inspection before long-distance hauls, and fill out log books
  • Drive moving vans to local or long-distance destinations and unload at the destination
  • Accept payment from customers before unloading and provide receipts when required
  • Lay out floor runners and determine where items should be placed at the destination
  • Check inventory as items come off the truck
  • Reassemble furniture pieces at the destination
  • Clean up and ensure 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 22, 2023
  • 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.

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

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

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


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

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Furniture movers need:

  • Physical strength, stamina, and coordination
  • The ability to write clearly and follow written and spoken instructions
  • The ability to judge distances, weights, and space
  • The ability to organize their work and time
  • A service orientation
  • The ability to get along with customers who are often under stress
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • 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.

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.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Material handlers

2016 NOC: 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 Feb 22, 2024 and Mar 01, 2024.

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.
Tasks: Load, unload and move products and materials by hand or with basic material handling equipment
Tasks: Organize and maintain inventory
Tasks: Operate a variety of equipment to load, unload and move materials and products
Tasks: Pack and unpack goods
Tasks: Sort, crate and stack goods
Tasks: Wrap goods
Tasks: Pick orders and stock
Tasks: Weigh materials and goods
Experience: Will train
Tasks: Transport and distribute materials and goods
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 22, 2023
  • 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 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 22, 2023
  • Certification Not Regulated

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 22, 2023

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 specific 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. Candidates for van supervisory positions must have 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.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 7452: Material handlers occupational group, 83.8% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

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.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 22, 2023

As of June 26, 2019, the minimum wage in Alberta is $15.00 per hour for most workers. For more information, see Minimum Wage.

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
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Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 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

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $25.55 $19.02 $18.36
Overall $16.22 $31.36 $22.06 $22.00
Top $17.89 $38.00 $25.42 $25.00

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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
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) website:

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Updated Mar 22, 2023. 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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