Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-2082 Tapers
Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.
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: Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently. Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas. Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints. Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers. Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces. Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering. Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard. Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation. Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth. Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard. Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds. Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers. Select the correct sealing compound or tape. Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.08   Entry $20,965.00
Mean $20.43   Mean $42,494.00
Experience $25.61 Experience $53,249.00

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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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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