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47-2082.00 - Tapers

Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Sample of reported job titles: Drywall Finisher, Drywall Finisher Foreman, Drywall Finishing Foreman, Drywall Foreman, Drywall Mechanic, Drywall Taper, Finisher, Taper, Taper/Finisher, Taping Foreman

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Tasks

  • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select the correct sealing compound or tape. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Applicator brushes — Application brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Hand operated spray guns; Hopper guns; Patch guns; Texture sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Drywall stilts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Dust masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Texture brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint rollers — Corner rollers; Texture rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Drywall mud mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Mud mixing drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Drywall power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives — Corner knives; Drywall knockdown knives; Joint knives; Pivoting drywall knives (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Drywall saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spatulas — Wall scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape guide — Automatic taping tools; Banjo drywall tapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Drywall trowels; Radius trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners — Industrial vacuums See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Applied Computer Systems JOBPOWER; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Construction Software Center EasyEst; DevWave Estimate Works; On Center Quick Bid See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove excess materials from finished construction projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install metal structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing — 99% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 94% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 70% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 47% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 58% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 60% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 63% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 64% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 35% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 36% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 37% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 44% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 41% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 40% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 27% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 31% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 42% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 42% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
68   High school diploma or equivalent Help
28   Less than high school diploma
4   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $22.42 hourly, $46,630 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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