Drywall Installers and Finishers

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Drywall installers and drywall finishers plan and carry out the installation of drywall panels on interior wall and ceiling surfaces of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Drywall installers are also called drywall framers or hangers, and drywall finishers are also known as drywall tapers. There are approximately 88,490 drywall and ceiling tile installers working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Drywall Framers, Drywall Hangers, Drywall Tapers
Duties Install drywall panels on interior wall and ceiling surfaces; seal and conceal the joints where drywall panels come together; prepare the walls for painting or papering
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship; experience as a helper
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, or Cost Estimator, or Self-Employed
  • Drywall Installer or Finisher
  • Helper or Apprentice

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