Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-2081 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Include lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material. Exclude "Carpet Installers" (47-2041), "Carpenters" (47-2031), and "Tile and Marble Setters" (47-2044).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements. Measure and mark surfaces to lay out work, according to blueprints or drawings, using tape measures, straightedges or squares, and marking devices. Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws. Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools. Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents. Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size, using cutting tools. Inspect furrings, mechanical mountings, or masonry surfaces for plumbness and level, using spirit or water levels. Cut fixture or border tiles to size, using keyhole saws, and insert them into surrounding frameworks. Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways. Hang drywall panels on metal frameworks of walls and ceilings in offices, schools, or other large buildings, using lifts or hoists to adjust panel heights when necessary. Trim rough edges from wallboard to maintain even joints, using knives. Suspend angle iron grids or channel irons from ceilings, using wire. Coordinate work with drywall finishers who cover the seams between drywall panels.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.16   Entry $27,364.00
Mean $16.41   Mean $34,154.00
Experience $18.05 Experience $37,543.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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47-2081.00 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers