realistic interests apply coats tape wall surface manage materials plasterboard seal joints structure

Drywall Finisher, Drywall Taper, Finisher, Taper

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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:

Accounting software

  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal

Project management software

  • DevWave Estimate Works
  • On Center Quick Bid

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Microsoft Dynamics Hot Technology


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

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