Painter & Decorator

So, you think you might want to be a Painter & Decorator?

Do you like making things look good? Having fun with colour? Maybe a career as a Painter & Decorator is for you.

Job Description

Painters & Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and specialty finishes. These materials are applied for a variety of reasons such as protection, decoration, sanitation, identification and safety.

Painters & Decorators are employed in BC’s Construction Sector by construction companies, painting contractors or building maintenance contractors, or they are self-employed. They work on residential, commercial, institutional and industrial projects. Some painters and decorators may work for years on a single site; others may work for contractors that rarely work on the same site more than once.

Look below to find out which sectors of BC’s economy you can work in if you pursue this trade.

Red Seal Trade
Industry Training Authority (ITA)
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For more information on how much Painters & Decorators make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

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