Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-2142 Paperhangers
Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces, such as walls and billboards. Duties include removing old materials from surface to be papered.
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: Smooth strips or sections of paper with brushes or rollers to remove wrinkles and bubbles and to smooth joints. Trim rough edges from strips, using straightedges and trimming knives. Trim excess material at ceilings or baseboards, using knives. Check finished wallcoverings for proper alignment, pattern matching, and neatness of seams. Mark vertical guidelines on walls to align strips, using plumb bobs and chalk lines. Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, using hand tools. Apply adhesives to the backs of paper strips, using brushes, or dunk strips of prepasted wallcovering in water; wiping off any excess adhesive. Measure and cut strips from rolls of wallpaper or fabric, using shears or razors. Place strips or sections of paper on surfaces, aligning section edges and patterns. Fill holes, cracks, and other surface imperfections preparatory to covering surfaces. Measure surfaces and/or review work orders to estimate the quantities of materials needed. Apply sizing to seal surfaces and maximize adhesion of coverings to surfaces. Smooth rough spots on walls and ceilings, using sandpaper. Set up equipment such as pasteboards and scaffolds. Remove old paper, using water, steam machines, or solvents and scrapers. Apply thinned glue to waterproof porous surfaces, using brushes, rollers, or pasting machines. Mix paste, using paste powder and water, and brush paste onto surfaces.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.38   Entry $21,601.00
Mean $18.08   Mean $37,595.00
Experience $21.92 Experience $45,586.00

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.
Occupational Videos
47-2142.00 Paperhangers