If you are employed as a drywall contractor, you probably know that the work can be dusty and demanding, often involving working on scaffolding or ladders, in confined spaces and having to wear goggles or other protective gear. The procedure of installing drywall involves measuring the panels, and then cutting them and fastening them in place, and drywalling is a standard feature in many commercial buildings as well as homes.
A contractor may also have the task of patching over any nail holes, using the sealing compound to cover the joints and sanding the joints to make them smooth. However, some other workers often carry out these extra tasks, and these workers are sometimes known as tapers. In 2015, $39,220 was the median salary per year for a drywall contractor and anyone working to install ceiling tiles.
A Career As a Drywall Contractor
1) Get Your HS Diploma
You may need to have a GED or diploma, depending on the training program you are taking part in, although in many cases that isn’t a requirement. An excellent introduction to the basics of working in this industry can be obtained from shop courses and high school math.
2) Training With a First Job
Some employers offer on the job training, and for many people interested in working in this area, it is an obvious first step. You should reckon on at least a year of training during which you gain a useful insight into how a drywall contracting company operates. And it’s a great way to get some essential hands-on experience.
Different states have different requirements when it comes to licensing. You may be required to have a certain amount of relevant experience to work as a drywall installer, or you may be expected to complete a specific training program.
4) Your Own Business
Starting and operating your own business is the dream of many once they have at least several years of working for one of the drywall companies. Being able to manage a small business and accounting are both useful skills for anyone wanting to work for themselves.
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