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Painting and Coating Workers

Painting and Coating Workers
Quick Facts : Painting and Coating Workers*
2010 Median Pay$31,170
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012155,200
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change13,800

Painting and coating workers paint and coat a wide range of products, including cars, jewelry, and candy. Painting, coating, and decorating are usually done in special ventilated areas and they often stand for long periods.

What Painting and Coating Workers Do

  • Set up and operate machines that paint or coat products
  • Select the paint or coating needed for the job 
  • Clean and prepare products to be painted or coated
  • Determine the required flow of paint and the quality of the coating 
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment

Work Environment

Painting and coating workers typically wear masks or respirators, and they often must stand for long periods. When using a spray gun, they may have to bend, stoop, or crouch in uncomfortable positions to reach different parts of the products. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of painting and coating workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth will vary by specialty and industry.
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The average salary of painting and coating workers in May 2010 was $31,170.
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Becoming a Painting and Coating Workers

Most painting and coating workers need a high school diploma or equivalent. Although training for new workers usually lasts from a few days to several months, those who paint automobiles generally need 1 to 2 years of training and experience.
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