Furniture Finishers

ANZSCO ID 394211

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
690
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
83%
Female Share
7%
Average age
43

Summary

Furniture Finishers apply finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polish and wax finished furniture surfaces.

Specialisations: French Polisher.

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Furniture Finisher. Although some workers have a certificate III in furniture finishing. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks

  • Studies drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications.

  • Determines tool and machine requirements and sequence of operations.

  • Sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding.

  • Operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces.

  • Removes old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping.

  • Applies varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishes and waxes finished surfaces.

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
Physical Demand
  • Very Heavy

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 83% of people employed as Furniture Finishers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 17 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Manufacturing
50.5%
2
Other Services
17.0%
3
Construction
12.1%
4
Retail Trade
3.9%
5
Other industries
6.4%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

31.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.7% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

16.4% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

12.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

11.2% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.5% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.4% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.3% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Furniture Finishers All Jobs Average
NSW 31.8 31.6
VIC 24.7 25.6
QLD 16.4 20.0
SA 12.8 7.0
WA 11.2 10.8
TAS 1.5 2.0
NT 0.4 1.0
ACT 1.3 1.9


  • Around 76% of Furniture Finishers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    South Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
43
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
7%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Furniture Finishers is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 7% of the workforce. This is 41 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Furniture Finishers All Jobs Average
15-19 4.6 5.0
20-24 10.1 9.3
25-34 17.4 22.9
35-44 21.9 22.0
45-54 24.2 21.6
55-59 9.5 9.0
60-64 8.2 6.0
65 and Over 4.0 4.2
Median Age 43 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Furniture Finisher. Although some workers have a certificate III in furniture finishing. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Forest and Wood Products Industry and Furnishing Industry VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Furniture Finishers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 3.2 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 1.7 11.6
Certificate III/IV 59.3 21.1
Year 12 13.0 18.1
Year 11 5.7 4.8
Year 10 and below 17.2 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 43%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 43%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 41%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 39%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 39%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 39%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 39%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 37%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 37%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 37%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 37%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 37%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 37%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 36%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 36%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 34%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 32%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 32%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 30%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 27%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 24%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 24%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 22%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 22%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 19%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 19%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 14%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 13%

    History and archeology

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  • 12%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 11%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 9%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 6%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 6%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 5%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 5%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 5%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 4%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 2%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 2%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 54%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 52%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 52%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 50%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 46%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 46%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 46%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 46%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  • 45%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 45%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 45%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 45%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 43%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 43%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 41%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 41%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 41%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 36%

    Dynamic strength

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  • 36%

    Stamina

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 85%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 70%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 65%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 61%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 60%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 55%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 52%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 52%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 50%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 49%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 48%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 47%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 46%

    Working with mechanical equipment

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  • 45%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 43%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 43%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 41%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 40%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 38%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • 36%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 38%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 29%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 24%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 14%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 57%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 48%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 36%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 33%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 33%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 29%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 98%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 97%

    Dangerous conditions

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  • 95%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 94%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 93%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 90%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 88%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 88%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 83%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 83%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 81%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 78%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  • 78%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 78%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 74%

    Bright or inadequate lighting

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  • 74%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 73%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 72%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 72%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 72%

    Very hot or cold temperatures

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7021.00 - Furniture Finishers.


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