Workers Smoothes Plaster

Plasterers apply coats of plaster to interior walls, ceilings, and partitions of buildings to produce fire-resistant and relatively soundproof surfaces. They also work on exterior building surfaces and do ornamental forming and casting work. Their work is similar to that of drywall workers, who use drywall rather than plaster to build interior walls and ceilings. Plasterers who specialize in exterior plastering are known as stucco masons. There are approximately 22,420 plasterers and stucco masons employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Molding Plasterers, Stucco Masons
Duties Mix and apply plaster to masonry, wire, wood, metal, or lath; level and smooth wall with a darby and other hand tools; apply finishing layer; adhere to safety regulations
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Must be able to lift and move up to 100 pounds; must have physical stamina; must be able to meet vision requirements
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Foreman or Superintendent
  • Plasterer
  • Plastering Apprentice

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