What does a drywall installer do?
Drywall installers measure, cut, fit, and install drywall panels inside the framework of structures. They cut small sections of drywall to fit around windows and doors and drill, saw, and cut holes in the drywall sheets for plumbing, air-conditioning units, electrical outlets, and other necessary equipment. They often nail, glue, or screw the panels to metal or wood framework. They then tape, sand, and cover the seams in the drywall panels to prepare them to be painted. Drywall installers also place ceiling panels. When working on high walls and ceilings drywall installers often use specialize equipment such as stilts and lifts. Some drywall installers perform additional tasks such as installing hardware and doors.
What kind of training does a drywall installer need?
Drywall installers usually need at least a high school diploma or GED. Most learn their skills through formal or informal training programs. Many community colleges and vocational and technical schools offer programs in drywall installation. Most employers provide on the job training. New drywall installers usually begin as helpers and assist experienced workers and complete more advanced tasks as they gain skills and experience. Some employers offer formal apprenticeships that combine classroom training and paid on the job training. Apprenticeships usually take 3 to 4 years to complete. Drywall installers usually learn to read plans and blueprints and use a variety of tools, equipment, and materials. They also learn to measure, cut, and install many different materials.
What are the prospects for a career as a drywall installer?
Employment of drywall installers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 7% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The increased growth of the construction industry and remodeling projects will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good especially for drywall installers that have extensive experience. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace drywall installers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do drywall installers make?
As of November 2009, the middle 50% of drywall installers earn annual salaries between $34,368 and $50,130. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $58,005 (2).
A career as a drywall installer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in drywall installation. Drywall installers must have manual dexterity, good physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, and good balance skills. They must be able to solve basic mathematical problems accurately and quickly. They must also have good communication and interpersonal skills because they interact with a variety of workers and clients. Drywall installers must follow all safety precautions to avoid accidents and prevent injury.