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Furniture Mover

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

  • Avg. Salary $41,321.00
  • Avg. Wage $20.57
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Up
  • Employed 21,300
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Materials Handler, Mover

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

71%
71%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Furniture Mover is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Material Handlers (manual)
NOC code: 7452.1
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

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 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.

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Duties
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Duties and responsibilities vary from one employer to another but, in general, furniture movers:

  • greet customers and take an inventory of furniture and equipment being moved long distances, noting any existing defects or scratches
  • cover floors and woodwork in the home to protect them from damage
  • determine special packing and wrapping requirements for items such as artwork, electronics, antiques, beds and appliances
  • wrap and pack items, making sure that everything is secure
  • courteously but briefly answer customers' questions or refer questions to office staff
  • determine the order in which to load furniture to ensure that bulky or heavy items are placed in the lower part of the truck box or moving van
  • work with a partner or use dollies or straps to move very heavy items such as appliances and large pieces of furniture
  • carry articles and boxes to the moving van
  • arrange articles in tiers to form a compact load, using padding and straps to secure articles and prevent shifting when the truck is in motion
  • complete a walk around inspection with the customers to ensure that all items have been loaded 
  • drive moving vans to local or long distance destinations
  • lay out floor runners and determine where items should be placed at destination points
  • accept payment from customers before unloading and provide receipts when required
  • remove straps and padding from articles and unload vans
  • reassemble furniture pieces that were disassembled for the move 
  • clean up and make sure everything has been delivered in the same condition as it was when picked up
  • have customers sign the bill of lading and inventories.

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:

  • drive long distances
  • make minor repairs to furniture and equipment.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Furniture movers need the following characteristics:

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

They should enjoy:

  • handling, sorting and packing materials
  • using tools and equipment
  • arranging articles to form compact, secure loads
  • dealing with the public.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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:

  • 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.

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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Material handlers
NOC code: 7452

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.00 $25.00 $17.55 $17.25
Overall $14.00 $29.15 $20.57 $20.00
Top $16.00 $37.02 $23.82 $22.85

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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.

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.


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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

71%
71%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

37%
37%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

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.

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