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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 32
Associate’s Degree 13
Basic Certificate 7

What Painting & Wall Covering Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, painting/painter and wall coverer majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the 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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to painting/painter and wall coverer:

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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 a painting/painter and wall coverer major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with painting/painter and wall coverer:

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?

13 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
46% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 92% 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:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 7
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Painting & Wall Covering Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $40,840 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

Median Salary for a Painting & Wall Covering Major  ( 40840 to 70540 )
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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 2018-2019 academic year, 13 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) 6 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 6 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 1,699
Building Construction Technology 1,362
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 752
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 609
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 301
Glazier 67
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 62
Roofer 30
Carpet, Floor, & Tile Worker 10
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher 6
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler 0
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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