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13 Associates's Degrees Annually
#207 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,050 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Painting & Wall Covering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many painting/painter and wall coverer graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 28
Associate Degree 16
Basic Certificate 4

What Painting & Wall Covering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to painting/painter and wall coverer and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in painting/painter and wall coverer should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer Majors

A major in painting/painter and wall coverer prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer Majors

As you progress with your painting/painter and wall coverer degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Painting & Wall Covering Major?

People with a painting/painter and wall coverer degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
Painters, Construction and Maintenance 5.7% $38,940
Paperhangers 5.3% $38,090

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Painting & Wall Covering?

16 Associate's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
19% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 88% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of painting/painter and wall coverer majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 11
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Painting & Wall Covering Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $40,840 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to painting/painter and wall coverer. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with painting/painter and wall coverer require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for painting/painter and wall coverer careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 19.9%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 48.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 11.7%
Some College Courses 16.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.6%
Doctoral Degree 2.2%

Online Painting & Wall Covering Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 12 schools offered some type of painting/painter and wall coverer program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Painting & Wall Covering Worth It?

The median salary for a painting/painter and wall coverer grad is $43,050 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 8% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $63,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to painting/painter and wall coverer.

Major Number of Grads
Building/Property Maintenance 1,543
Building Construction Technology 1,279
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 1,058
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 665
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 255
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 68
Glazier 38
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher 37
Roofer 15
Carpet, Floor, & Tile Worker 10
Insulator 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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