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Painting (Trades Worker)

Painting Trades Workers decorate, protect, and maintain the surface of buildings and other structures by applying finishes such as paint, wallpaper, or varnish. Special licensing or registration could be required to find a position in this field.

Duties and tasks

  • Apply finishes to buildings and other structures
  • Cleaning and setting up equipment and work areas
  • Correctly preparing paint and other mixtures to create required colours/formulas
  • May specialise as a paperhanger
  • Preparing surfaces to be painted etc. by removing old wallpaper and paint, repairing woodwork, filling holes to smooth surfaces

Skills required

  • Ability to work outside for long hours, under harsh conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Fit and strong worker
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Planning and organizational skills

Working conditions

Painting Trades Workers often work outside, sometimes in unfavorable conditions. Hours are often unpredictable, though they are usually long and range from early in the morning to late afternoon.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries Australia and New Zealand 

Housing Industry Association 

Master Builders Australia 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Floor Finisher and Coverer
  • Handyperson
  • Industrial Spray Painter
  • Plasterer
  • Signmaker
  • Wall and Ceiling Fixer