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Tapers

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

What they do:
Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.
On the job, you would:
  • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Personality

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
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

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

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$45,290
per year, on average
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