On the Job
Tapers seal joints between wall boards to prepare a wall surface for painting or wallpapering.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Apply adhesives to construction materials.
- Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
- Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
- Prepare surfaces for finishing.
- Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
- Select construction materials.
- Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
- Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
- Drill holes in construction materials.
- Install metal structural components.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Exposure to high places.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
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