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Plastering involves applying interior and exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials to coat internal walls and ceilings.

Career Details


Students in Plastering are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Using brushes and trowels, and other industry tools, equipment, and machines
  • Measuring and mixing plaster to achieve the right consistency for each job
  • Mixing and applying base and finishing coats
  • Protecting nearby surfaces from splatters
  • Installing lathing, drywall, and plaster bases

Career Options

Most Plastering graduates go to work for construction companies or plastering unions. Plasterers spend most of the day on their feet in all kinds of environments—some projects may be inside, some may be outside, and others may even be elevated on scaffolding. Many plasterers work full time, but some may be hired on a contract basis.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Plastering Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Physical endurance

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