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Painting, Coating, & Decorating Workers

Also called: Decorator, Glazer, Painter, Silk-Screen Operator

What they do:
Paint, coat, or decorate articles such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • sales and marketing
Engineering and Technology
  • design


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Innovation
  • Independence
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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