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Little or no change in employment is expected for carpet installers through 2024, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Carpet is the most popular type of flooring in the United States, but employment growth for carpet installers has slowed as more homeowners and businesses choose to install tile and hardwood floors in the belief that these materials are more durable than carpet. Employment for resilient floor layers is expected to grow by 12 percent (faster than the average) through 2024 as a result of population and business growth and the public's increasing interest in new types of resilient floor material. Job opportunities for tile and marble setters will grow by about 6 percent (or as fast as the average for all careers) in the coming years due to the increasing popularity of tile in shopping malls, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and upscale homes. Many job opportunities for floor covering installers will occur when experienced workers leave the field for other occupations or retire. However, even during economic downturns, when new construction levels drop drastically, the need to replace flooring in existing buildings will create employment opportunities for installers.

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