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Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
SOC Code: 47-3014.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Exterior Insulation and Finish System Installer (EIFS Installer), Painter Helper, Plaster Helper, Plaster Tender, Scaffold Setter, Stucco Laborer, Wallboard Worker


  • 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.
  • Erect scaffolding.
  • Fill cracks or breaks in surfaces of plaster articles or areas with putty or epoxy compounds.
  • Supply or hold tools and materials.
  • Smooth surfaces of articles to be painted, using sanding and buffing tools and equipment.
  • Mix plaster, and carry plaster to plasterers.
  • Place articles to be stripped into stripping tanks.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - A-Systems JobView
  • Project management software - Construction Software Center EasyEst; Evergreen Technology Eagle Bid Estimating; Sage Construction Anywhere; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal (see all 6 examples)
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Contractor City Contractor

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Concrete spreaders - Screeds
  • Facial shields - Protective masks
  • Floats - Darbies
  • Hazardous material protective apparel - Self-contained protective suits
  • Heat guns
  • Hydraulic pumps - Piston pumps
  • Ladders - Drywall stilts
  • Levels - Spirit levels
  • Locking pliers
  • Manlift or personnel lift - Bosun chairs; Swing stages
  • Mill saw file - Single-cut mill saw files
  • Moisture meters
  • Notebook computers
  • Nut drivers
  • Paint brushes - Paint application brushes
  • Paint mixers - Paint stirrers
  • Paint rollers - Paint application rollers; Pressure rollers
  • Paint sprayers - Airless paint guns; Paint spray guns; Plaster spraying machines
  • Paint strainers
  • Personal computers
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Plaster mixers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic sanding machines - Sandblasters
  • Power buffers
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Steam cleaning equipment
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Nail punches
  • Putty knives
  • Razor knives
  • Respirators
  • Safety glasses
  • Scaffolding
  • Shears - Hand shears
  • Spatulas - Application spatulas
  • Squeegees or washers - Squeegees
  • Straight edges - Straightedges
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Temperature humidity testers - Humidity indicators
  • Trowels - Plastering trowels
  • Utility knives
  • Wallpaper roller - Seam rollers
  • Wire brushes


  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.


  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 74% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Contact With Others - 73% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 45% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 41% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 34% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 37% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 34% responded “Important results.”
  • Physical Proximity - 37% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 41% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 40% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 45% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 30% responded “Important.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 39% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 40% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 92% responded “40 hours.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 31% responded “Important.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
68%Less than high school diploma
26%High school diploma or equivalent
4%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $13.83 hourly, $28,760 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 11,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,600

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