Summary Report for:
47-2042.00 - Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
Apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.
Sample of reported job titles: Floor Covering Contractor, Floor Coverings Installer, Floor Layer, Flooring Installer, Flooring Mechanic, Tile Installer, Tile Setter, Vinyl Installer
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | 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
- Sweep, scrape, sand, or chip dirt and irregularities to clean base surfaces, correcting imperfections that may show through the covering.
- Cut flooring material to fit around obstructions.
- Inspect surface to be covered to ensure that it is firm and dry.
- Trim excess covering materials, tack edges, and join sections of covering material to form tight joint.
- Form a smooth foundation by stapling plywood or Masonite over the floor or by brushing waterproof compound onto surface and filling cracks with plaster, putty, or grout to seal pores.
- Measure and mark guidelines on surfaces or foundations, using chalk lines and dividers.
- Cut covering and foundation materials, according to blueprints and sketches.
- Roll and press sheet wall and floor covering into cement base to smooth and finish surface, using hand roller.
- Apply adhesive cement to floor or wall material to join and adhere foundation material.
- Determine traffic areas and decide location of seams.
- Lay out, position, and apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors, walls, and cabinets, following guidelines to keep courses straight and create designs.
- Remove excess cement to clean finished surface.
- Disconnect and remove appliances, light fixtures, and worn floor and wall covering from floors, walls, and cabinets.
- Heat and soften floor covering materials to patch cracks or fit floor coverings around irregular surfaces, using blowtorch.
- Computer aided design CAD software — Project visualization software
- Data base user interface and query software — Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor; Flooring Technologies Qfloors; Focus Floor Covering Software; Textile Management Systems RollMaster
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Inventory management software — Radio frequency identification RFID software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Palm OS
- Project management software — CPR Software FloorCOST Estimator for Excel; Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro; On Center On-Screen Takeoff; Saltire Software FloorRight
- Web page creation and editing software — Facebook
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Abrasive stones — Grinding stones
- Awls — Scratch awls
- Blow torch — Butane torches
- Carts — Material carts
- Caulking guns — Floor caulking guns
- Chalk lines — Chalk line markers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cold chisels — Grooving tools
- Concrete spreaders — Gauge rakes; Screeds
- Dollies — Linoleum dollies; Material dollies
- Edgers — Hand groovers
- Floats — Concrete floats; Grout floats; Tapping blocks
- Floor polishers — Floor polishing machines
- Floor scrapers — Floor stripping machines; Razor floor scrapers
- Glue guns — Adhesive syringes; Electric glue guns
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Nail driving bars
- Hand clamps — Claw clamps
- Heat guns — Heat welding nozzles; Hot air guns
- Hold down clamps — Strap clamps; Wall spacers
- Knife blades — Quarter moon knives
- Laminate file — Laminate files
- Laser measuring systems — Handheld distance meters
- Levels — Bubble levels
- Metal cutters — Aviation snips
- Moisture meters — Humidity measurement equipment
- Nibblers — Vinyl tile cutters
- Paint mixers — Power mixers
- Personal computers
- Plasma arc welding machine — Automatic plasma arc welding machines
- Power grinders — Concrete floor grinders
- Power nail guns — Pneumatic coil nailers
- Power routers — Power groovers
- Power sanders — Floor sanders
- Power saws — Undercut saws
- Power screwguns — Flooring screw guns
- Protective knee pads — Flooring knee pads
- Pry bars — Base molding lifters; Pinch bars; Pull bars
- Pullers — Staple removers
- Razor knives — Broad knives; Dolphin knives; Skiving knives
- Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
- Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses
- Saws — Pull saws
- Scribers — Bar scribers; Scoring knives; Vinyl scribers
- Shears — Cove base shears; Guillotine shears; Laminate shears
- Sliders — Appliance sliders
- Slings — Moving straps
- Spatulas — Adhesive spreaders
- Sponges — Grout sponges
- Squares — Laser squares; Layout squares
- Staple guns — Flooring staplers; Hammer tackers; Underlayment staplers
- Straight edges — Steel straightedges
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Templates — Corner templates
- Tile cutter — Tile cutters
- Trowels — Notched trowels
- Utility knives — Flooring edge cutters; Flooring utility knives; Linoleum knives
- Wallpaper roller — Hand rollers; Linoleum rollers
- Wedges — Adjustable wedges
- Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- 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.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- 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).
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- 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.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- 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.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- 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.
Detailed Work Activities
- Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
- Prepare surfaces for finishing.
- Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
- Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
- Trim excess material from installations.
- Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
- Mark reference points on construction materials.
- Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
- Apply adhesives to construction materials.
- Finish concrete surfaces.
- Apply decorative or textured finishes or coverings.
- Collect data about project sites.
- Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
- Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 99% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Contact With Others
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 29% responded “Some freedom.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 11% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 30% responded “Important results.”
- Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 28% responded “Some freedom.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 11% responded “Important.”
- Telephone — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 16% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 12% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 16% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 12% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Physical Proximity
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 13% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 20% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Extremely important.”
- Deal With External Customers — 40% responded “Important.”
- Time Pressure — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
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- 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.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- 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.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$21.89 hourly, $45,520 annual|
|Employment (2019)||22,900 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Much faster than average (8% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||2,200|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- FCICA- the Flooring Contractors Association
- Finishing Trades Institute International
- Home Builders Institute
- International Masonry Institute
- International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL)
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
- National Tile Contractors Association
- National Wood Flooring Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Flooring installers and tile and stone setters
- Tile Contractors' Association of America