Summary Report for:
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
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
- Apply coatings, such as paint, ink, or lacquer, to protect or decorate workpiece surfaces, using spray guns, pens, or brushes.
- Examine finished surfaces of workpieces to verify conformance to specifications and retouch any defective areas.
- Clean and maintain tools and equipment, using solvents, brushes, and rags.
- Read job orders and inspect workpieces to determine work procedures and materials required.
- Clean surfaces of workpieces in preparation for coating, using cleaning fluids, solvents, brushes, scrapers, steam, sandpaper, or cloth.
- Rinse, drain, or wipe coated workpieces to remove excess coating material or to facilitate setting of finish coats on workpieces.
- Place coated workpieces in ovens or dryers for specified times to dry or harden finishes.
- Select and mix ingredients to prepare coating substances according to specifications, using paddles or mechanical mixers.
- Melt or heat coating materials to specified temperatures.
- Conceal blemishes in workpieces, such as nicks and dents, using fillers such as putty.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air dryers — Belt dryers
- Blowers or dryers — Finishing ovens; Workpiece dryers
- Calipers — Dial calipers
- Cleaning brushes — Scrub brushes
- Cleaning scrapers
- Drying cabinets or ovens — Flash cure units
- Enameling Kilns — Enamel setting kilns
- Etching needles — Underglaze applicators
- Hand sprayers — Spot cleaning guns
- Heat guns — Hot air guns
- Hydrometers — Digital hydrometers
- Inkjet printers — Computer inkjet printers
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Micrometers — Digital micrometers
- Paint brushes — Glaze brushes; Soft bristled brushes; Specialty paint brushes
- Paint mixers — Glaze mixers; Mechanical mixers; Mixing paddles
- Paint rollers — Mini foam rollers
- Paint sprayers — Paint spray guns
- Palette knives — Palette knife sets
- Personal computers
- Potters wheels for hand made ceramics — Banding wheels; Decorating wheels
- Power sanders — Cordless power sanders
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers
- Remote reading thermometers — Temperature meters
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Sifters — Enameling sifters; Metal sieves; Plastic sieves
- Silk screen arc lamps — Exposure units
- Silk screen printing machines — Four-color screen printing machines; Screen printing press; Spot process screen printing machines
- Silk screen screens — Silkscreen screens
- Silk screen squeegees — Silkscreen squeegees
- Silkscreen accessories — Ink scoops; Scoop coaters
- Stained glass tools or accessories — Painting bridges
- T squares — Layout T-squares
- Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV curing units
- Vacuum cleaners — Vacuum brushes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- 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.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
No skills met the minimum score.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- 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.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- 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.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Detailed Work Activities
- Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
- Select production input materials.
- Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Cut fabrics.
- Load items into ovens or furnaces.
- Operate painting or coating equipment.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
- Clean production equipment.
- Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
- Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products.
- Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
- Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
- Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
- Maintain production or processing equipment.
- Exposed to Contaminants — 83% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 71% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Standing — 72% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Time Pressure — 70% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 48% responded “Very important.”
- Contact With Others — 56% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 74% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 68% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 60% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 34% responded “Extremely important.”
- Physical Proximity — 52% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 34% responded “Extremely important.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 68% responded “40 hours.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 48% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 30% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Moderate results.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 34% responded “Every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 29% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 27% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 37% responded “Limited freedom.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|Not available||Less than high school diploma|
|Not available||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Not available||Post-secondary certificate|
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.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- 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.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$13.82 hourly, $28,750 annual|
|Employment (2012)||17,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||3,100|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Painting and Coating Workers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.