Lathers

Lathers work with lath, a supporting base made out of metal, plastic, or gypsum, which is fastened to walls, ceilings, and roofs. Lath provides a foundation for the application of plaster, tile, roofing material, fireproofing, and acoustical material. (Lathers should not be confused with machinists who work on power-driven equipment called lathes.)


Quick Facts
Duties Work with lath, a supporting base made out of metal, plastic, or gypsum, which is fastened to walls, ceilings, and roofs
Alternate Title(s) Gypsum Lathers, Metal Lathers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are the best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Cost Estimator or Self Employed
  • Supervisor or Job Superintendent
  • Lather
  • Apprentice or Helper

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