Most decorating workers need a high school diploma or equivalent. Although training for new workers usually lasts from a few days to several months, those who paint automobiles generally need one to two years of training and experience. Decorating workers in the manufacturing sector usually must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers in other sectors may be willing to hire workers without a high school diploma.

Automobile repair painters often get training in technical school to learn the intricacies of mixing and applying different types of paint. Training for beginning painting and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders and for painting, coating, and decorating workers may last from a few days to a few months. Workers who modify the operation of computer-controlled equipment may require additional training in computer operations and programming.

Transportation equipment painters typically learn their skills on the job or through postsecondary education in painting. Few decorating workers other than automobile painters obtain certification. Some workers make elaborate or decorative designs. For example, some automotive painters specialize in making custom designs for vehicles. Workers must be able to properly blend new paint colours to perfectly match existing colours on a surface. Because workers must operate and maintain sprayers that apply paints and coatings, they should have good mechanical skills.

What are Decorating Workers like?


Based on our pool of users, decorating workers tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Decorating Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 211 Sokanu users

Are Decorating Workers happy?


Decorating workers rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 66th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Decorating Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Decorating Workers

The most common degree held by decorating workers is Fine Arts. 6% of decorating workers had a degree in fine arts before becoming decorating workers. That is over 3 times the average across all careers. Studio Arts graduates are the second most common among decorating workers, representing 3% of decorating workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 6.1 times the average.

Decorating Worker Education History

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

Degree % of decorating workers % of population Multiple
Fine Arts 5.7% 2.0% 2.9×
Studio Arts 3.3% 0.5% 6.1×
Psychology 2.8% 6.8% 0.4×
Communications 1.9% 3.3% 0.6×
Drama 1.4% 1.1% 1.3×
Commercial Art And Graphic Design 1.4% 0.3% 5.0×
Business Management And Administration 1.4% 6.5% 0.2×
English Literature 1.4% 4.9% 0.3×
Art History 1.4% 0.7% 2.1×
Graphic Design 1.4% 1.3% 1.1×

Decorating Worker Education Levels

66% of decorating workers have a no education. 28% of decorating workers have a high school diploma.

No education 66%
High school diploma 28%
Associate's degree 5%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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