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Cover interior walls or ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces such as walls and billboards. May remove old materials or prepare surfaces to be papered.


  • Most workers learn informally on the job as helpers, but some experts recommend completion of an apprenticeship program.
  • Employment prospects for painters should be excellent due to the large numbers of workers who leave the occupation for other jobs; paperhangers will face very limited opportunities.
  • About 45 percent of painters and paperhangers are self-employed.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $37,760/yr ($18.88/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma