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Cabinet MakerAlternative titles

Kaihanga Kapata Taonga

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Furniture Maker
Marine Cabinet Maker

Cabinet makers make and repair furniture for homes, businesses and boats.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

What are the chances of getting a job?


Chances of getting work as a cabinet maker are average for people wanting to enter the role, and good for those with experience.

Opportunities for getting work as an apprentice cabinet maker have risen significantly in the last two years, as more employers want to take on apprentices. This is because interior fit outs are increasingly needed for:

  • shops and houses being built following the Christchurch earthquakes
  • the rising number of houses being built in other parts of the country, particularly Auckland. 

Opportunities for experienced cabinet makers particularly good 

Job opportunities for experienced cabinet makers are particularly good in the construction services industry because of the Christchurch and national building boom.

Types of employers

Cabinet makers work for:

  • large furniture manufacturing plants
  • small specialist furniture businesses.

Many cabinet makers run their own businesses or work as sole traders from home.


  • Competenz, Careers New Zealand interview, September 2014.
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data’ (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 'New Zealand Sectors Report - Construction 2013', November 2013, (www.mbie.govt.nz).
  • New Zealand Herald, Gibson, A, 'Construction boom revs up', April 8, 2014, (www.nzherald.co.nz)

Current vacancies

CNC Machinist, Cabinet Makers/Joiners, Laminators Listed: 19 Dec 2014 Auckland
Cabinet Maker - Experienced Listed: 25 Nov 2014 Auckland
Cabinet Maker/Joiner Listed: 21 Nov 2014 Canterbury
Cabinet Maker - Cool Company! Listed: 25 Nov 2014 Auckland
Cabinet Makers / Joinery Listed: 16 Dec 2014 Auckland
Cabinet maker & Stone benchtop maker Listed: 04 Dec 2014 Canterbury
Cabinet Maker / Joiner Required for an Immediate S Listed: 02 Dec 2014 Wellington

Other vacancy websites

Progression and specialisations

Cabinet makers can progress into supervisor or management roles, or become self-employed.

They may also specialise in marine cabinets for boats, ships and yachts.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

A cabinet maker stacks completed furniture ready for sale.

Cabinet makers work for furniture manufacturing companies

Updated 7 Oct 2014