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47-3014.00 - Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons

Help painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or stucco masons by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Exterior Insulation and Finish System Installer (EIFS Installer), Painter Helper, Plaster Helper, Plaster Tender, Scaffold Setter, Stucco Laborer, Wallboard Worker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Clean work areas and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform support duties to assist painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or masons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply protective coverings, such as masking tape, to articles or areas that could be damaged or stained by work processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Erect scaffolding. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill cracks or breaks in surfaces of plaster articles or areas with putty or epoxy compounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supply or hold tools and materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth surfaces of articles to be painted, using sanding and buffing tools and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix plaster, and carry plaster to plasterers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place articles to be stripped into stripping tanks. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Caulking guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chalk lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete spreaders — Screeds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Protective masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floats — Darbies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Self-contained protective suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic pumps — Piston pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Drywall stilts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Spirit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Bosun chairs; Swing stages See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Paint application brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint mixers — Paint stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint rollers — Paint application rollers; Pressure rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Airless paint guns; Paint spray guns; Plaster spraying machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint strainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Plaster mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Nail punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Hand shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spatulas — Application spatulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squeegees or washers — Squeegees See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature humidity testers — Humidity indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Plastering trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wallpaper roller — Seam rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — A-Systems JobView See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Construction Software Center EasyEst; Evergreen Technology Eagle Bid Estimating; Sage Construction Anywhere; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Contractor City Contractor 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.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. 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.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 74% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 73% responded “Constant contact with others.” 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 — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 45% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 37% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 34% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 37% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 41% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 45% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 30% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 39% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 40% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 92% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 31% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


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

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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) $12.46 hourly, $25,910 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 11,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 2,900
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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