Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) (NOC 7294)

About this job

People in these occupations:

  • work for construction companies, painting contractors and building maintenance contractors
  • may be self-employed
  • should be accurate and detail-oriented.
  • are usually creative with a good understanding of colour and proportion
  • should be comfortable working at heights
Common job titles
  • painter, bridge
  • painter, industrial / commercial
  • painter, industrial / plant maintenance
  • painter, residential
  • painter, rough - construction
  • painter-decorator, specialized


Painters and decorators:

  • read specifications to determine the quantities of materials required
  • prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sandblasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning
  • remove old wallpaper and loose paint
  • repair cracks and holes in walls
  • sandpaper and apply sealer
  • mix and thin paint to get desired colour and texture
  • apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
  • measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
  • assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages
  • advise customers on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
  • may provide cost estimates to clients

Work environment

Painters and decorators typically work a standard 40-hour week, with the majority working in the Construction industry. Since work is often project-based, these workers may experience gaps in between projects.

Painters and decorators often work at heights from ladders and scaffolding, and many of the materials used emit hazardous fumes or suspended particles. Safety procedures are followed and safety equipment is used to minimize risks.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With additional training, painters and decorators are able to transfer their skills to related occupations such as automotive painting.

Experienced workers may advance to supervisory positions or start their own businesses.

Additional resources