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Painter Job and Risk Profile

What does a painter do? 

Painter's jobs

A painter may work on a versatile and unique range of tasks as they are essential tradesmen for all kinds of buildings and products in a broad range of industries. From buildings to cars, these tradesmen can work on just about any item that requires paint. Some may specialise in working on small objects such as wooden children's toys or home decor items while others may work on construction sites for large buildings, walls or houses. Some specialised areas of this trade include construction, maintenance, artisan and coating workers.

Depending on an individual's field of work, their daily tasks may require great efficiency while coating large scale buildings while others need care and intricacy to detail furniture or other home products. Many employees will work both outdoors and indoors during their daily tasks and tend to have their workload affected by poor weather generally less than other trades.

How do you become a painter? 

Although the format may vary slightly state to state, all prospective professionals need to obtain a painters license. The National Institute of Painting and Decoration website has a free quiz for checking eligibility for the licensing. A recommended route is to first complete a Certificate I in construction and then an apprenticeship in painting before obtaining a professional license. As with all Australian trades apprenticeships, the student will be paid an hourly wage for their job-based training. 

What are common injuries for a painter? 

Lung long term injury

The injuries to be wary of in this line of work usually involve falling from scaffolding or ladders as many jobs require working at heights. Fume related injuries from paints, glues and other materials are also a concern in this particular workplace. Obtaining knowledge of health and safety, including how to use the proper safety gear, can help to avoid these potential hazards.

Minor injuries include

  • Musculoskeletal injuries from repetitive strain
  • “Painters shoulder

Serious injuries include

Long term injuries include

What tools and materials does a painter work with? 

House and interior decorating industry

A wide range of materials and tools may be implemented in daily tasks within this profession. Some painters may work with a standard brush or roller while others may use spray guns. As well as paint, these tradesmen may work with special glues and wallpapers in the interior decorating industry.

Do you have to be artistic to be a painter? 

Despite first impressions you do not need to be particularly artistic to work in this field, however, you do need to master precision and care to ensure a high quality paint job. More artistically inclined individuals that choose this line of work may specialise in more intricate areas such as painting small household items or wooden children's toys. 

How much does a painter make? 

The median salary is $55,061, however, they may earn anywhere from $33,492 to $75,769 per annum depending on experience and industry.

Average annual wages for painters

What is the career path for a painter?

As a painter you may wish to specialise in a particular industry such as car painting, interior decorating or furniture painting; anything manufactured or built that is painted requires a painter so the options are limitless. Those with a particular interest in working on furniture or interior painting may wish to complete further qualifications to work in interior decoration.

On the other hand, a tradesman with a great love of cars may pursue extra work experience and training to focus on working within the automobile painting industry. This is a very open-ended career with a great deal of potential for growth and variety. 

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Last update on:
September 10, 2020
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