Employment of painting and coating workers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Employment growth will vary by occupation and industry.
Employment of coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders— the largest occupation in this profile—is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Although many consumer, commercial, and industrial products require painting or coating and thus will provide job opportunities for these workers, productivity gains are expected to offset any employment growth.
Employment of transportation equipment painters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The majority of new jobs will be driven by the need for painters in repair shops.
Employment of painting, coating, and decorating workers is projected to decline 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. Increased automation in most manufacturing facilities will reduce job opportunities for these workers.
As with many manufacturing jobs, employers often report difficulty finding qualified workers. Therefore, job opportunities should be very good for those with painting experience.
Many job openings should result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation and from increased specialization in manufacturing.
Painting and Coating Workers
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Painting and coating workers
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program