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How to Get Upholstery Training and Jobs

Updated on January 26, 2012

Upholsterers have tens of thousands of jobs. While it is possible to learn on the job in some cases, there are also ways to get formal upholstery training at a community college or trade school to increase the chance of getting a job.

There are around 30,000 full-time upholstery jobs, according to a 2010 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These upholsterers work in a variety of settings. The largest employer category is the household furniture manufacturing industry. These jobs are for the people who initially upholster the furniture.

The second type of job for upholsterers is repair and maintenance. Repair shops around the country provide these jobs, and there were around 7000 of them in 2010 that work in household-goods repair shops. Another 2000 or so worked in car repair shops.

The automobile manufacturing industry also has upholstery jobs, and office furniture manufacturers hire a few hundred upholsterers.

While it is true that some of these jobs are available to novices that receive on-the-job training, it may be worth it to get some formal upholstery training. These skilled workers have a number of options at vocational schools and community colleges for training in this craft.

The Carrs Corner website has a list of upholstery schools. While lists like this are subject to change over time, it is a good place to find training for upholsterers. Tuition varies widely by school, so compile a range of different options before making a decision on upholstery training.

In May of 2010, upholsterers were earning an average median salary of just about $30,000. As a center for furniture manufacturing, North Carolina has the most jobs in this industry. Mississippi, California, Texas, and Florida are the other top states for upholstery work.

Resources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Jobs and Salary for Upholsterers

Carrs Corner: List of Upholstery Training Schools

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