Furniture movers move furniture, office supplies and equipment to and from homes, apartments, offices and storage establishments.
Materials Handler, Mover
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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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It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.
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Duties and responsibilities vary from one employer to another but, in general, furniture movers:
If anything is found to be missing or damaged at the time of delivery, furniture movers must note the details so the company can trace the item or compensate the customer.
Furniture movers also may:
A part of their day is spent riding in a van but, most of the time, furniture movers are on their feet. They frequently move items weighing over 55 kilograms and must use proper equipment and lifting techniques to avoid injury. Some furniture movers wear uniforms.
Employment may be seasonal in this occupation. The peak season is from May to September. Volumes increase at the end of each month.
Furniture movers need the following characteristics:
They should enjoy:
There are no standard education requirements for this occupation but English communication skills (including reading and writing) and math skills are required. Related experience, a valid Alberta Class 1, 3 or 5 driver's license and an air brake endorsement are definite assets.
Furniture movers are trained on the job.
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Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.
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 furniture movers may specialize in particular types of activities such as office moves or installations. If they have the required driver's licenses 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. Other positions in large moving companies (for example, dispatcher, estimator, advisor for international moves) may require a high school diploma and basic computer skills such as word processing and creating spread sheets. Some experienced furniture movers purchase their own trucks or tractor trailers and become independent operators who 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:
Over 22,100 Albertans are employed in the Material handlers occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 398 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As furniture movers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for furniture movers.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
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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.
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.
|Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing||$47,313|
|Transportation and Warehousing||$43,627|
|Professional, Scientific & Technical Services||$43,241|
|Business, Building and Other Support Services||$33,579|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||$30,782|
|Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)||$27,096|
Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) website: www.mover.net
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Updated Mar 23, 2015. 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.