Painter and Decorator

The Painter and Decorator Program is designed to teach a student how to apply paint, wallpaper, fabric and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. A Painter and Decorator student will also learn how to repair cracks and holes in walls and prepare work surfaces by scraping, sanding, sand-blasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning.

A student can usually complete the Painter and Decorator Program within a 3 year time frame. Approx. 15 weeks of the program are designated for in-class learning. After graduation, the Painter and/or Decorator will be expected to know how to work on everything from home interiors, residential painting and wall covering work; to industrial tanks and conveyors, corrosion control, wood staining, and surface preparation.

The Painter and/or Decorator will also need to be well versed in determining the quantities and cost of materials needed. Environmental concerns have also recently become part of the required knowledge base.


Commercial and Industrial Designers
Wage: $77,030
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.0%
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Artists and Related Workers
Wage: $68,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 8.4%
Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Interior Designers
Wage: $60,340
10 Year Growth Rate: 0.0%
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
Wage: $45,590
10 Year Growth Rate: 5.0%
Education Requirements:
No formal educational credential