There are currently an estimated 22,400 furniture finishers in the United States. The furniture finisher job market is expected to shrink by -0.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are furniture finishers?

CareerExplorer rates furniture finishers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,500 furniture finishers. That number is based on the retirement of 3,600 existing furniture finishers.

Are furniture finishers in demand?

Job opportunities for furniture finishers are expected to result entirely from the need to replace retirees from the occupation. Negative pressure continues to be exerted on the field by the mass-production of furniture, which has exposed the industry to heightened import competition from countries in which wages are lower. Automation of processes required to build furniture has added to the bleak outlook for these tradesmen. Aspiring furniture finishers improve their employment prospects if they obtain a diploma in furniture making or furniture conservation and restoration. A portfolio of restoration work, training under a reputable furniture conservator or restorer, and volunteer experience are all considered valuable assets for job seekers. Some furniture finishers find work with antique dealers or auction houses. Many move into freelance work. Experienced finishers may advance to teaching jobs at vocational institutes. At the high end of the job spectrum in this field are positions with large museums, galleries, or heritage and historical sites. These roles are rare and typically go to finishers who have supplemented their trade knowledge with a degree in fine arts or art history.

What’s the supply of furniture finishers?

Furniture Finisher job market by state

State Name Employed Furniture Finishers
Texas 1,450
California 1,410
Indiana 1,300
Pennsylvania 1,290
North Carolina 1,170
Ohio 890
New York 830
Michigan 750
Florida 720
Minnesota 560
Illinois 560
Washington 530
Wisconsin 510
Alabama 480
Iowa 430
Virginia 400
New Jersey 350
Colorado 340
Arizona 300
Kansas 290
Georgia 290
Tennessee 260
Kentucky 220
Connecticut 210
Utah 200
Maryland 180
Massachusetts 160
Mississippi 150
Missouri 130
South Carolina 120
Maine 100
Oklahoma 90
Oregon 80
Nevada 70
North Dakota 60
West Virginia 60
New Hampshire 40
Puerto Rico 40
Louisiana 30