What Does A Taper Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Tapers

Tapers seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Salary
$62140
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality





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What they do

Tapers seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

  • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Tapers apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth. They select the correct sealing compound or tape.

A typical day for a Taper will also include:

  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
  • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
  • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
  • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Tapers also countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers. They may also install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Tapers sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds. They might also sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.

In addition, they apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.

To some Tapers, it is also their responsibility to work on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
10%

Limited freedom
21%

Some freedom
30%

A lot of freedom
39%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
2%

Very little freedom
4%

Limited freedom
23%

Some freedom
41%

A lot of freedom
30%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Average

63% said they were satisfied with their job and 56% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who value relationships between co-workers and customers and want to work in a friendly non-competitive environment.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required to get started.

Normal working hours (40 hours per week).

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

Salary is below average.

How much do they make

Average salary

$62140 per year

Average hourly wage

$30 per hour

Entry-level Tapers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $36,580 to $46,380 per year or $18 to $22 per hour.

Salary by experience Annual Hourly
Highest (Top 10%) $95,800 $46
Senior (Top 25%) $76,770 $37
Median $59,450 $29
Junior (Bottom 25%) $46,380 $22
No experience (Bottom 10%) $36,580 $18

This table shows the top 10 highest paying industries for Tapers based on their average annual salary.

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Residential Building Construction $76990 $37.01
Nonresidential Building Construction $72540 $34.87
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $70040 $33.67
Building Finishing Contractors $60740 $29.20

View more salary by industries here.

Where can they work

Where can Tapers work? Here is a table showing the top 10 largest employers of Tapers including the average salary in that industry.

Employers Total Employed Annual Salary Hourly Wages
Building Finishing Contractors 14160 $60740 $29.20
Nonresidential Building Construction 1320 $72540 $34.87
Residential Building Construction 270 $76990 $37.01
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 270 $70040 $33.67

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
15%

40 hours
75%

More than 40 hours
11%

Working schedule

43%

57%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
10%

Fairly important
0%

Important
35%

Very important
12%

Extremely important
43%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
48%

Fairly important
18%

Important
9%

Very important
16%

Extremely important
10%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
15%

Fairly important
8%

Important
41%

Very important
23%

Extremely important
13%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
10%

Every day
0%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
25%

Every day
41%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
33%

Every day
63%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
75%

Once a year
25%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
0%

Every day
1%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
22%

Once a year
26%

Once a month
36%

Once a week
14%

Every day
2%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
29%

Once a year
39%

Once a month
11%

Once a week
21%

Every day
1%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
95%

Once a year
4%

Once a month
1%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
0%

Slightly competitive
23%

Moderately competitive
29%

Highly competitive
48%

Extremely competitive
0%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
25%

Fairly important
25%

Important
38%

Very Important
12%

Extremely Important
0%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
2%

Minor impact
13%

Moderate impact
30%

Important impact
52%

Very important impact
3%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
10%

Once a year
10%

Once a month
25%

Once a week
18%

Every day
37%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
8%

Limited responsibility
1%

Moderate responsibility
34%

High responsibility
22%

Very high responsibility
34%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
8%

Limited responsibility
27%

Moderate responsibility
16%

High responsibility
24%

Very high responsibility
24%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
0%

Once a year or more
59%

Once a month or more
38%

Once a week or more
2%

Every day
0%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
2%

Once a year or more
16%

Once a month or more
27%

Once a week or more
28%

Every day
28%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
47%

Once a year or more
36%

Once a month or more
8%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
10%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
29%

Once a year or more
31%

Once a month or more
29%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
11%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
29%

High School Diploma or equivalent
46%

Post-Secondary Certificate
25%

Some College Courses
0%

Associate’s Degree or similar
0%

Bachelor’s Degree
0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
14%

1 month
16%

1 to 3 months
0%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
6%

1 to 2 years
35%

2 to 4 years
28%

4 to 6 years
0%

6 to 8 years
0%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
18%

1 month
12%

1 to 3 months
16%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
21%

1 to 2 years
1%

2 to 4 years
31%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality type for this career

The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

The Builder
100%

People with The Builder personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


The Thinker
24%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
14%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
14%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
24%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
33%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
33%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
43%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
29%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
57%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
57%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
43%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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