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Plasterers and Stucco Masons
SOC Code: 47-2161.00

Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

Sample of reported job titles: Applicator, Artisan Plasterer, Plaster and Stucco Worker, Plaster Applicator, Plaster Foreman, Plaster Mechanic, Plasterer, Plasterer Foreman, Plasterer Journeyman, Plastering Contractor


  • Cover surfaces such as windows, doors, or sidewalks to protect from splashing.
  • Clean job sites.
  • Mix mortar and plaster to desired consistency or direct workers who perform mixing.
  • Apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using trowels, brushes, or spray guns.
  • Set up scaffolds.
  • Determine materials needed to complete the job and place orders accordingly.
  • Apply weatherproof, decorative coverings to exterior surfaces of buildings, such as by troweling or spraying on coats of stucco.
  • Clean and prepare surfaces for applications of plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials, such as by drywall taping.
  • Create decorative textures in finish coat, using brushes or trowels, sand, pebbles, or stones.
  • Apply insulation to building exteriors by installing prefabricated insulation systems over existing walls or by covering the outer wall with insulation board, reinforcing mesh, and a base coat.
  • Rough the undercoat surface with a scratcher so the finish coat will adhere.
  • Cure freshly plastered surfaces.
  • Install guide wires on exterior surfaces of buildings to indicate thickness of plaster or stucco and nail wire mesh, lath, or similar materials to the outside surface to hold stucco in place.
  • Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls or ceilings.
  • Mold or install ornamental plaster pieces, panels, or trim.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - A-Systems JobView; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software - Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Customer relationship management CRM software - Salesforce software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Oracle software
  • Development environment software - Embedded systems development software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Autodesk Maya; Corel Paint Shop Pro; Corel Painter
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Linux ; Microsoft operating system
  • Project management software - Construction Software Center EasyEst; Cost estimating software; Sage Construction Anywhere
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Applicator brushes - Lime brushes
  • Chalk lines
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cleaning scrapers - Scraping tools
  • Concrete spreaders - Screeds
  • Edgers - Corner tools; Inside step tools; Ornamental cut and shape tools; Outside step tools (see all 5 examples)
  • Floats - Darbies
  • Hammers - Plasterers' hammers
  • Heat guns
  • Hydraulic pumps - Piston pumps
  • Ladders - Stilts
  • Levels - Precision levels
  • Molding machines - Plaster molds
  • Notebook computers
  • Pad or keyhole saw - Keyhole saws
  • Paint sprayers - Plaster spraying machines; Spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Plaster mixers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Power drills
  • Power nail guns - Nail guns
  • Power sanders
  • Putty knives - Joint knives
  • Rulers
  • Saws - Hand saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Straight edges - Straightedges
  • T squares - T-squares
  • Trowels - Featheredgers; Hand trowels; Power trowels; Scratcher trowels
  • Utility knives - Trimming knives


  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.


  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • 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 Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.


  • Interest code: R
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 53% responded “Very important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 78% responded “Very important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 33% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 16% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 34% responded “About half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 30% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 48% responded “About half the time.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 29% responded “Important results.”
  • Physical Proximity - 71% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Telephone - 27% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 36% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 25% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 42% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 39% responded “About half the time.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 59% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 64% responded “About half the time.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 32% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 46% responded “Very little freedom.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
68%Less than high school diploma
28%High school diploma or equivalent
3%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • 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.
  • 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)
    • $19.59 hourly, $40,750 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 28,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,700

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