Painting, Coating, & Decorating Workers


Painting, coating, and decorating workers apply paint, plaster, or other finish to interior or exterior surfaces of buildings, bridges, or other structures
Are you creative, with a keen eye for both design and detail? Become a professional painter and put it to use!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Utilize your creativity, Work independently or with a small team, Explore pathways to running your own business!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Decaler, Decorator, Glass Decorator, Glazer, In Mold Coater, Painter, Pottery Decorator, Silk-Screen Operator, Spray Painter, Sprayer

Paint, coat, or decorate articles, such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
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Decaler, Decorator, Glass Decorator, Glazer, In Mold Coater, Painter, Pottery Decorator, Silk-Screen Operator, Spray Painter, Sprayer
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Your Typical Day:

  • Apply coatings, such as paint, ink, or lacquer, to protect or decorate workpiece surfaces, using spray guns, pens, or brushes.
  • Examine finished surfaces of workpieces to verify conformance to specifications and retouch any defective areas.
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment, using solvents, brushes, and rags.
  • Read job orders and inspect workpieces to determine work procedures and materials required.
  • Immerse workpieces into coating materials for specified times.
  • Select and mix ingredients to prepare coating substances according to specifications, using paddles or mechanical mixers.
  • Place coated workpieces in ovens or dryers for specified times to dry or harden finishes.
  • Clean surfaces of workpieces in preparation for coating, using cleaning fluids, solvents, brushes, scrapers, steam, sandpaper, or cloth.
  • Conceal blemishes in workpieces, such as nicks and dents, using fillers such as putty.
  • Melt or heat coating materials to specified temperatures.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
  • Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 53/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 49/100

  • 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. 44/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 39/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 35/100

  • Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 34/100

  • 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. 33/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 31/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 29/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 21/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Paint brushes
  • Paint mixers
  • Hand sprayers
  • Sifters
  • Blowers or dryers
  • Potters wheels for hand made ceramics
  • Silkscreen accessories
  • Remote reading thermometers
  • Drying cabinets or ovens
  • Micrometers
  • Silk screen squeegees
  • Calipers
  • Palette knives
  • Air dryers
  • Stained glass tools or accessories
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Silk screen printing machines
  • Inkjet printers
  • Rulers
  • Enameling Kilns
  • Hydrometers
  • Laser printers
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Pressure or steam cleaners
  • Paint rollers
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Silk screen arc lamps
  • Etching needles
  • Heat guns
  • Silk screen screens
  • Power sanders
  • T squares
  • Paint sprayers
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Personal computers
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