Professional painters prepare and paint interior and exterior surfaces. They may work on residential or commercial properties. Job duties for professional painters include removing old paint, priming surfaces, choosing materials, selecting and mixing colors and cleaning up job sites. These individuals may also be responsible for managing employees, handling finances and ensuring customer satisfaction. Painters generally learn their trade on the job or through an apprenticeship.
Professional painters work for construction companies, contractors or building management companies and may paint houses, business structures or bridges. They must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and can benefit from an on-the-job apprenticeship or technical school training.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that painting jobs were predicted to increase 20% during the 2012-2022 decade, which is faster than the average for all careers. As of May 2013, the annual average income of painters was $39,290, according to the BLS.