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Invest In A Skill That's Always In Demand

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Easy to learn. A lifetime to earn.

Learn on the job and work your way to becoming a skilled craftsperson. And once you build the skills, you’ll always have the opportunity to work.

$20 An Hour

The average painter earns an hourly wage of $20 or more1. Join a crew and start earning today.

1.5+ Million

Put yourself in demand. More than 1.5 million skilled trade professionals are needed across the U.S. by 20192.

7% Growth

Looking for a career with long-term potential? Painting is projected to grow steadily at 7% through 20243.

Residential painting

Two open paint cans sit on a tarp next to an upside-down bucket holding a brush and painter’s tape

From prep work and pre-paint activities to painting walls, performing touch-ups, tackling trim and woodwork finishing and more, residential painters typically work in small crews of 2 to 4 people and work at a steady (but not stressful) pace.

Good to know

  • Painting is an active job that can help you stay physically fit
  • In most cases, your work day runs from 9 to 5
  • When you’re done for the day, you’re really done
  • Painting is a great career to balance outside hobbies with work

Basic training

  • Train on the job – and get paid for it
  • Enter an apprentice program for extra training
  • Take online courses for additional certifications

Commercial painting

A man paints a commercial building’s exterior white using a handheld paint roller

From office walls to arena ceilings, retail space re-paints and so much more, commercial painters typically work for a contracting company and are part of a more extensive crew that can handle larger jobs.

Good to know

  • Combine skill with muscle power to tackle the big stuff
  • Different job sites have different requirements
  • You may need safety gear like eye protection or masks
  • Some jobs require heights – know your limits

Basic training

  • Train on the job – and get paid
  • Enter an apprentice program for extra training
  • Additional training on OSHA safety regulations

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Take an online course and discover how to start building your skills as a painter.

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