|Quick Facts: Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$37,920 per year
$18.23 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||114,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||16% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||17,900|
Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboards to walls and ceilings and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboards for painting, using tape and other materials. Many workers do both installing and taping.
Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers spend most of the day standing, bending, or stretching. Injuries include falls from ladders or stilts, cuts from sharp tools, and muscle strains from lifting heavy materials. The work also can produce dust, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
Although most drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers learn their trade on the job, some learn through an apprenticeship.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for drywall and ceiling tile installers was $37,210. The median annual wage for tapers was $45,290 in May 2012.
Employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Trained workers with a good work history and experience in the construction industry should have the best job opportunities.
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