Insulators/Insulation Workers

Worker Installs Insulation in New House

Insulation workers cover pipes, boilers, ducts, and other equipment and structures with insulating materials to ensure that either heat or cold will be retained. Thus, less fuel is used, less heat or cold is released, and the equipment works more efficiently. Approximately 55,180 insulation workers are employed in the United States. Insulation workers are also known as insulators.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Floor, Ceiling, and Wall Insulators; Insulators; Mechanical Insulators
Duties Cover pipes, boilers, ducts, and other equipment and structures with insulating materials to help control and maintain temperature
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training; apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Job Estimator or Insulation Contractor
  • Shop Superintendant
  • Insulation Foreman
  • Journeyman Insulator
  • Apprentice

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