These are two separate skills, but many craftsmen learn to do both. The methods of preparation and application are different, but both jobs are concerned with covering walls and surfaces.
Painters work on floors, walls, ceilings, and equipment in interiors, and outside on everything from foundations to watertowers and flag-poles. Odors from paints, thinners, or shellac are usually present. Painters may work alone or in crews. Painters and paperhangers stand, stoop, turn, crouch, crawl, kneel and frequently climb scaffolds and ladders. Safety in this occupation depends on caution and safe practices while working.
Aptitude and Interest
Applicants should be able to work with numbers and work well with their hands. To qualify for some jobs the ability to distinguish between colors might be necessary.
To become a skilled painter or paperhanger training is essential.
It is generally accepted that the more formalized training programs give more comprehensive skill training.
Recommended high school courses include art, chemistry, general shop, interior decorating, math, and woodwork finishing.
**Hourly: $31.02 + Benefits: $18.55 [Painter] **Hourly: $31.52 + Benefits: $18.55 [Paperhanger]
**Wage and compensation information based on CT Department of Labor data reported as of July 1, 2015.
***Apprentices are paid on a graduated scale as their skill and experience increases.