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Plasterers apply and fix plasterboard partitions, suspended ceilings, fire rating systems, acoustic tiles, and composite wall linings to buildings, and apply decorative and protective coverings of plaster, cement and similar materials to the interiors and exteriors of structures.
Applies and fixes plasterboard partitions, suspended ceilings, fire rating systems, acoustic tiles, and composite wall linings to buildings. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Dry Wall Plasterer
Applies decorative and protective coverings of plaster, cement and similar materials to the interiors and exteriors of structures. Registration or licensing may be required.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 34,100 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 38,500. Around 19,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
In 2016, employers along the eastern seaboard found it hard to fill vacancies for Plasterers. Some employers seeking solid plasterers wanted workers with experience in different mediums and techniques. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Plasterers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
Talking to others.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2081.00 - Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How much time do you spend standing?
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.