Employment of tile and marble setters is projected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth and business growth, coupled with the increasing popularity of tile and marble, will be the major source of demand for tile and marble setters. Tile and natural stone are used heavily in shopping malls, hospitals, schools, and restaurants, as well as other commercial and government buildings, and this trend is expected to continue. Tiles, including those made of glass, mosaic, and other high-end tiles and marble, are also becoming more popular, particularly in new and remodeled homes.
Overall job prospects should improve over the coming decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession. As with many other construction workers, employment of tile and marble setters 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.
Highly skilled workers with a good job history and work experience in construction will have the best opportunities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition