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Also called: Drywall Finisher, Drywall Taper, Finisher, Taper

What they do:
Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.
On the job, you would:
  • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.


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


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
  • 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:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
  • DevWave Estimate Works
Accounting software
  • Applied Computer Systems JOBPOWER
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal


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

Get started on your career:

Registered Apprenticeship

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