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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: Decaler, Decorator, Glass Decorator, Glazer, In Mold Coater, Painter, Pottery Decorator, Silk-Screen Operator, Spray Painter, Sprayer

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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.
  • Immerse workpieces into coating materials for specified times. 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.
  • Place coated workpieces in ovens or dryers for specified times to dry or harden finishes. 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.
  • Conceal blemishes in workpieces, such as nicks and dents, using fillers such as putty. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt or heat coating materials to specified temperatures. 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.
  • Cut out sections in surfaces of materials to be inlaid with decorative pieces, using patterns and knives or scissors. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

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

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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.

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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.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% 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.
  • Exposed to Contaminants See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 41% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 34% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 23% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 36% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 29% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 32% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 32% responded “Never.” 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 food preparation workers, dishwashers, sewing machine operators, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
59   Less than high school diploma
21   High school diploma or equivalent Help
17   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 (2018) $14.93 hourly, $31,050 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2018) 13,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 1,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

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