Drywall Finishers

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Drywall Finishers

Drywall Finishers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, drywall finishers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low to medium level of social contact. Finishers may talk to installers in person or on the telephone for brief periods, but work alone most of the time.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for work done by other finishers.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others, especially during installation.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors, but may work outdoors on occasion. Indoor work sites may not have heating or air conditioning.
  • Often are exposed to contaminants, such as dust or fumes from joint compounds.
  • Regularly wear goggles or other safety devices.
  • Sometimes are exposed to hazardous situations and conditions. May experience minor cuts or scratches.
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  • Sometimes are exposed to loud noises while construction proceeds around them.
  • May get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
  • Must sometimes work while on ladders or scaffolds.
  • May work physically near other finishers.
  • Usually travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors or omissions could slow progress on the project.
  • Repeat the same physical tasks.
  • Make minor decisions throughout their workday. They often act without consulting another first.
  • Determine most of the daily tasks and goals independently.
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  • Must meet daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
  • May work less in the winter when construction slows down.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.