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Chimney Sweeps

Employment Prospects


There are an estimated 5,000 companies in the industry with an average of five full-time workers per company, according to a survey by the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America. There are also many "mom and pop" businesses, with pop tending to the chimney sweeping, and mom managing the office and telephone. Sweeps are in business in every region of the country but fare the best in larger cities, or areas with an affluent suburban or rural area. Some sweeps work only within a specific area, while others may travel to smaller towns and into the country, where no other services may be available.

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