There are currently an estimated 11,000 shoemakers in the United States. The shoemaker job market is expected to shrink by -11.8% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are shoemakers?
CareerExplorer rates shoemakers 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 shoemakers. That number is based on the retirement of 4,800 existing shoemakers.
Are shoemakers in demand?
For most people, wandering the earth barefoot is not an option, or at least not a consistent option. Therefore, the job of a shoemaker or ‘cobbler’ would appear to be secure. However, the threat to the livelihood of a shoemaker is the modern-day availability of relatively low-cost footwear, causing consumers to opt for purchasing new shoes over having custom ones made, or repairing those they already own.
What’s the supply of shoemakers?
The shoemaker industry is concentrated in Texas, New York, California
Shoemaker job market by state
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