Painters and Paperhangers

For both practical purposes and aesthetic appeal, building surfaces are often painted and decorated with various types of coverings. Although painting and paperhanging are two separate skills, many building trades craftsworkers do both types of work. Painters apply paints, varnishes, enamels, and other types of finishes to decorate and protect interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. Paperhangers cover interior walls and ceilings with decorative paper, fabric, vinyls, and other types of materials. There are approximately 450,100 painters and paperhangers working in the United States.

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
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification None

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