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Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, & Stucco Masons

Also called: Painter Helper, Plaster Helper, Plaster Tender, Scaffold Setter

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • Perform support duties to assist painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or masons.
  • Apply protective coverings, such as masking tape, to articles or areas that could be damaged or stained by work processes.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Self Control
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
  • Evergreen Technology Eagle Bid Estimating
Accounting software
  • A-Systems JobView
Word processing software
  • Contractor City Contractor


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
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