Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, held about 127,000 jobs in 2014, of which 66 percent worked in the drywall and insulation contractors industry. About 1 in 5 were self-employed in 2014.
Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, work indoors. As in many other construction trades, the work is physically demanding. Workers spend most of the day standing, bending, or reaching, and they must often lift and maneuver heavy, oversized wallboard.
Because the work creates a lot of dust, which irritates the skin, eyes, and lungs, workers may wear protective masks, goggles, and gloves. Common injuries falls from ladders or stilts, cuts from sharp tools, and muscle strains from lifting heavy materials.
Most drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, work full time.
About 1 in 5 were self-employed in 2014. Self-employed installers and tapers may be able to set their own schedule.