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SOC Code: 47-2082.00

Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Sample of reported job titles: Drywall Finisher, Drywall Finisher Foreman, Drywall Finishing Foreman, Drywall Foreman, Drywall Mechanic, Drywall Taper, Finisher, Taper, Taper/Finisher, Taping Foreman


  • 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.
  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
  • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
  • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
  • Work on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.
  • Select the correct sealing compound or tape.
  • Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
  • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
  • Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.
  • Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
  • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
  • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
  • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Applied Computer Systems JOBPOWER; Intuit QuickBooks ; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Microsoft Dynamics
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Project management software - Construction Software Center EasyEst; DevWave Estimate Works; On Center Quick Bid

Tools Used

  • Air compressors
  • Applicator brushes - Application brushes
  • Goggles
  • Hand sprayers - Hand operated spray guns; Hopper guns; Patch guns; Texture sprayers
  • Ladders - Drywall stilts
  • Masks or accessories - Dust masks
  • Notebook computers
  • Paint brushes - Texture brushes
  • Paint rollers - Corner rollers; Texture rollers
  • Personal computers
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Drywall mud mixers
  • Power drills - Mud mixing drills
  • Power sanders - Drywall power sanders
  • Putty knives - Corner knives; Drywall knockdown knives; Joint knives; Pivoting drywall knives (see all 7 examples)
  • Saws - Drywall saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Screwdrivers
  • Spatulas - Wall scrapers
  • Tape guide - Automatic taping tools; Banjo drywall tapers
  • Trowels - Drywall trowels; Radius trowels
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum cleaners - Industrial vacuums


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.


  • 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 Standing - 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 39% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 43% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 31% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 34% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 70% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Telephone - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 28% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 52% responded “Important results.”
  • Contact With Others - 50% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 49% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 27% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 48% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 46% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 34% responded “About half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 41% responded “Important.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
46%High school diploma or equivalent
29%Less than high school diploma
25%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • 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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

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)
    • $24.82 hourly, $51,620 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 24,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,100

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