Painting and Decorating Workers
On the Job
Painting and Decorating Workers paint, coat, or decorate a wide variety of products, including furniture, glass, dishes, toys, jewelry, books, or leather.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
- Cut fabrics.
- Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
- Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
- Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
- Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
- Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
- Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Working with a group or team.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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