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51-7021.00 - Furniture Finishers

Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

Sample of reported job titles: Finish Repair Worker, Furniture Finisher, Furniture Repairer, Hand Sander, Lacquer Sprayer, Sander, Sealer Sander, Sprayer, Stain Wiper, Utility Spray Operator

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Mix finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Brush, spray, or hand-rub finishing ingredients, such as paint, oil, stain, or wax, onto and into wood grain and apply lacquer or other sealers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth, shape, and touch up surfaces to prepare them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select appropriate finishing ingredients such as paint, stain, lacquer, shellac, or varnish, depending on factors such as wood hardness and surface type. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Distress surfaces with woodworking tools or abrasives before staining to create an antique appearance, or rub surfaces to bring out highlights and shadings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine furniture to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Paint metal surfaces electrostatically, or by using a spray gun or other painting equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove old finishes and damaged or deteriorated parts, using hand tools, stripping tools, sandpaper, steel wool, abrasives, solvents, or dip baths. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow blueprints to produce specific designs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble items to prepare them for finishing, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove accessories prior to finishing, and mask areas that should not be exposed to finishing processes or substances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat warped or stained surfaces to restore original contours and colors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with customers to determine furniture colors or finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace or refurbish upholstery of items, using tacks, adhesives, softeners, solvents, stains, or polish. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove excess solvent, using cloths soaked in paint thinner. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stencil, gild, emboss, mark, or paint designs or borders to reproduce the original appearance of restored pieces, or to decorate new pieces. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable handwrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt sander — Belt sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning brushes — Scrubbing brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic clothing irons — Steam irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Baking ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat hand files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Mini hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Finishing hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps — Adjustable hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Spray guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Pickup trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Work vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Offset socket wrenches — Offset socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital sander — Orbital sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Grain combs; Multipurpose paintbrushes; Overgrainers; Pencil brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint mixers — Paint agitators; Power paint mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Computer numerically control CNC spray painting machines; Electrostatic spray guns; Power paint sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pincers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Electric buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Cordless power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power nail guns — Automatic nail guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power planes — Power planers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — High pressure water sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Nail punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Canister-type face masks; Protective respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets; Soft mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sanding machines — Stroke sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Handsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scrapers for paint application — Paint scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Oil stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spanner wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Storage tanks — Dipping tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tumblers or polishers — Barrel tumblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Timber wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wet mops — Mop brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood chisels — Spokeshaves See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — DuPont ColorNet; DuPont Spies Hecker Wizard See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production input materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on ways to improve processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shape surfaces or edges of wood workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair furniture or upholstery. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 59% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 54% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 30% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 42% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 47% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 25% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 20% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 27% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 62% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 54% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 43% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 32% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 30% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 37% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 28% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
58   Less than high school diploma
42   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RA

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.85 hourly, $28,810 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 15,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 2,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Woodworkers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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