If you want a varied job, working as part of a team, and one that makes good use of your practical skills, this may be the career for you.
In this job, you would follow design plans to install fixtures and fittings in everything from offices and restaurants to shops and bars.
As well as practical skills, you would need a good head for numbers for working out measurements, quantities and costs for estimates. You will also need to be able to work to tight deadlines.
You would normally have a background in a construction trade, such as joinery or electrical work. You may be able to get into this career through an Apprenticeship scheme.
• marking out and cutting wood, metals, glass and plastics to make units and fittings in a workshop
• estimating material quantities and costs, and preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
• preparing design plans for a contract
• measuring and setting out jobs on site, and installing the fixtures and fittings
• paint spraying timber products.
You would usually find work with specialist shopfitting companies. You should check the local press and Jobcentre Plus for vacancies, or contact shopfitting companies directly. You can find a list of them on the National Association of Shopfitters website.
• National Association of Shopfitters
With experience, you could move into supervisory roles, such as chargehand or foreperson and, with further training, works manager, contracts manager or shopfitting designer.
With the right experience and contacts, you may be able to set up your own shopfitting business.
To work as a shopfitter you normally need a background in one of the construction trades, for example carpentry and joinery. For more details about entry requirements for particular trades, see the job profiles in the Related careers section.
Employers may prefer you to have some GCSCs or equivalent qualifications, for example in maths, English, and design and technology.
You may be able to get into this career through an apprenticeship with a shopfitting or building company. The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers.