Employment of flooring installers and tile and marble setters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Employment growth of specific types of flooring and tile and marble installers is expected to vary (see table below). The majority of flooring and tile and marble installation work is expected to be in remodeling and replacement. Population and business growth, coupled with the popularity of some new resilient floor material, will be the major source of demand for workers. Although carpet is still the dominant flooring, other products are growing in popularity, which is why the employment of the other flooring installer occupations are projected to grow faster than carpet installers. Tile and marble will continue to be commonly installed in bathrooms, shopping malls, and restaurants, as well as in other commercial and government buildings.
Overall job prospects should be good over the coming decade as high turnover and new building construction will create job opportunities for flooring installers and tile and marble setters. Experienced workers with a good employment history who are able to install multiple types of floors will have the best employment opportunities.
As with many other types of construction occupations, employment of these workers is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy. On the one hand, workers may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls. On the other hand, shortages of workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity.
Flooring Installers and Tile and Marble Setters
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Construction trades workers
Total, all occupations
Flooring installers and tile and marble setters
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program