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Carpet Installers

Also called: Carpet Installer, Carpet Mechanic, Flooring Installer, Installer

What they do:
Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
  • Roll out, measure, mark, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.
  • Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.


  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • lift, push, pull, or carry


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • Carpet Dealer Management System CDMS
Project management software
  • FIRST Flooring software
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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