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51-9123.00 - Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Paint, coat, or decorate articles such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather.

Sample of reported job titles: Artist, Decaler, Decorator, Glass Decorator, Glazer, In Mold Coater, Painter, Pottery Decorator, Silk-Screen Operator, Spray Painter

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

Tasks

  • Apply coatings, such as paint, ink, or lacquer, to protect or decorate workpiece surfaces, using spray guns, pens, or brushes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine finished surfaces of workpieces to verify conformance to specifications and retouch any defective areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment, using solvents, brushes, and rags. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read job orders and inspect workpieces to determine work procedures and materials required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean surfaces of workpieces in preparation for coating, using cleaning fluids, solvents, brushes, scrapers, steam, sandpaper, or cloth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rinse, drain, or wipe coated workpieces to remove excess coating material or to facilitate setting of finish coats on workpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place coated workpieces in ovens or dryers for specified times to dry or harden finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and mix ingredients to prepare coating substances according to specifications, using paddles or mechanical mixers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt or heat coating materials to specified temperatures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conceal blemishes in workpieces, such as nicks and dents, using fillers such as putty. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air dryers — Belt dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blowers or dryers — Finishing ovens; Workpiece dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning brushes — Scrub brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Flash cure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enameling Kilns — Enamel setting kilns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Etching needles — Underglaze applicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Spot cleaning guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns — Hot air guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrometers — Digital hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inkjet printers — Computer inkjet printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Glaze brushes; Soft bristled brushes; Specialty paint brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint mixers — Glaze mixers; Mechanical mixers; Mixing paddles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint rollers — Mini foam rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Paint spray guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Palette knives — Palette knife sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potters wheels for hand made ceramics — Banding wheels; Decorating wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Cordless power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Remote reading thermometers — Temperature meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sifters — Enameling sifters; Metal sieves; Plastic sieves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silk screen arc lamps — Exposure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silk screen printing machines — Four-color screen printing machines; Screen printing press; Spot process screen printing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silk screen screens — Silkscreen screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silk screen squeegees — Silkscreen squeegees See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silkscreen accessories — Ink scoops; Scoop coaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stained glass tools or accessories — Painting bridges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • T squares — Layout T-squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV curing units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners — Vacuum brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. 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.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production input materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut fabrics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 83% 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 — 71% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 72% 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.
  • Time Pressure — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 48% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 56% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 43% 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 — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 52% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 68% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 48% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 30% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 29% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 27% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 37% responded “Limited freedom.” 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
Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.82 hourly, $28,750 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 17,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 3,100
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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