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Painters, Construction and Maintenance

Job Information

Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.


  • 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 $35,430/yr ($17.72/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma