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

Also called: Painter Helper, Plaster Helper, Plaster Tender

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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:

Office suite software
  • Apple iWork
  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology
Project management software
  • Sage Construction Anywhere
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

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