Painting and coating workers held about 169,500 jobs in 2014. Employment in the detailed occupations that make up painting and coating workers in 2014 was distributed as follows:
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders
Painters, transportation equipment
Painting, coating, and decorating workers
Painting and coating is usually done in specially ventilated areas. Nonetheless, workers must wear masks or respirators that cover their nose and mouth.
Coating workers often stand for long periods. When using a spray gun, they may have to bend, stoop, or crouch in uncomfortable positions to reach different parts of the products.
Injuries and Illnesses
Both transportation equipment painters and painting, coating, and decorating workers have higher rates of injuries and illnesses than the national average. Hazards include muscle strains and exposure to toxic materials. More sophisticated paint booths and fresh-air ventilation systems are increasingly being installed in factories to provide a safer work environment.
The vast majority of painting and coating workers are employed full time. Automotive painters in repair shops often work overtime, depending on the number of vehicles that need painting.