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Plasterer

Plasterers prepare walls and ceilings for decoration and finishing.

Potential salary
£14,000 to £30,000
Working hours
43 to 45 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • business management skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You'll normally work in a team carrying out:

  • solid plastering (applying wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings like pebble-dash on outside walls)
  • fibrous plastering (creating ornamental plasterwork like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves)
  • dry lining (fixing internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions)

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment and protective clothing.

You could work at a client's business, on a construction site or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be at height.

With experience, you could progress to supervisory jobs or move into related areas like tiling, estimating and site management.

You could become self-employed and work as a sub-contractor.

You can find out more about becoming a plasterer from Go Construct and House Building Careers.

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