Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, bridges, and other structures.
Painters work indoors and outdoors in many different work environments. Painting is physically demanding and requires a lot of bending, kneeling, reaching, and climbing. Painters who paint bridges or buildings may be exposed to extreme heights and uncomfortable positions.
Most painters learn their trade on the job. No formal education is typically required to enter the occupation.
The median annual wage for painters, construction and maintenance was $38,940 in May 2019. Oregon median wage of $35,500.
Employment of painters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects should be good because of the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.