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A Career as a Painter/Wallpaper Specialist

Looking for a job that allows you to express your creative side or a job that has design influence on homes? If so, a painter and/or wallpaper hanger may be the fit for you! This job involves working with homeowners to understand the project and then helping in the selection of materials and colors. Painters also paint or stain homes, building exteriors, decks, and docks.  Working in Northern Michigan can be outdoors, indoors or even on a boathouse!

More about a career as an painter

High School:​

​​There are no high school programs to learn this trade. For those aged 16 and older, there are on-the-job training opportunities locally. Contact us for a list of painters in our area. 

High school is a great time to get started as a painter and/or wallpaper installer. Students can earn great money in the summers and learn life-long skills. 


A Day in the Life of an Painter

  • Fill cracks, holes or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives

  • Smooth surfaces using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines

  • Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements

  • Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for the finish coatings

  • Apply paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures using brushes, spray guns or rollers

  • Mix and match colors of paint, stain or varnish with oil or thinning solvents. Use drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies.

  • As a wallpaper installer, you will work with the homeowner or designer on the appropriate paper selection for surfaces and use


More info on becoming an Painter: O*NET Online

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