Some construction painters learn their trade through a three- or four-year apprenticeship, although a few local unions have additional time requirements. Through technical instruction, apprentices learn how colours go together; to use and care for tools and equipment, prepare surfaces, mix and match paint, and read blueprints; application techniques; characteristics of different finishes; wood finishing; and safety practices. Unions and contractors sponsor apprenticeship programs, and the basic qualifications to enter one of these programs are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

After completing an apprenticeship program, construction painters are considered journey workers and may do tasks on their own. Although the vast majority of workers learn their trade informally on the job or through a formal apprenticeship, some contractors offer their own training program. There is no formal educational requirement, but high school courses in english, math, shop, and blueprint reading can be useful. Also, some two-year technical schools offer courses connected to union and contractor organization apprenticeships. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count towards an associate’s degree.

What are Construction Painters like?


Based on our pool of users, construction painters tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Construction Painters by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 591 Sokanu users

Are Construction Painters happy?


Construction painters rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 10th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Construction Painter Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Construction Painters

The most common degree held by construction painters is Psychology. 4% of construction painters had a degree in psychology before becoming construction painters. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among construction painters, representing 2% of construction painters in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.3 times the average.

Construction Painter Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Construction Painter, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of construction painters % of population Multiple
Psychology 3.9% 6.8% 0.6×
English Literature 1.5% 4.9% 0.3×
Fine Arts 1.3% 1.9% 0.7×
Business Management And Administration 1.3% 6.5% 0.2×
Automotive Repair 1.3% 0.2% 6.5×
Drama 1.2% 1.1% 1.1×
Communications 1.0% 3.3% 0.3×

Construction Painter Education Levels

52% of construction painters have a high school diploma. 30% of construction painters have a no education.

No education 30%
High school diploma 52%
Associate's degree 8%
Bachelor's degree 4%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 6%

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