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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None

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