DRYWALL INSTALLERS fasten drywall panels to the framework inside houses and other buildings. They read blueprints for work procedures and materials required. Installers measure, cut, and fit pieces around doors and windows. They also saw or cut holes in panels for electrical outlets, air-conditioning units, and plumbing. Installers glue, nail, or screw wallboard panels to wood or metal framework. After drywall is installed, drywall finishers fill joints between panels and sand surfaces to make them ready for painting.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $42,500 average per year ($20.50 per hour)
- A medium occupation (100,000 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
Most DRYWALL INSTALLERS start as helpers and learn their skills on the job. Some drywall installers learn their trade through an apprenticeship program. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades offer apprenticeship programs. Employers prefer to hire high school graduates. High school or vocational school courses in carpentry provide a helpful background for drywall work. No special licensing or certification is required for drywall installers.