Drywall Taper  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Spreads sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
  • Presses paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Applies additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
  • Seals joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
  • Spreads and smooths cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
  • Sands or patches nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
  • Mixes sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
  • Works on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.
  • Selects the correct sealing compound or tape.
  • Countersinks nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves keeping or regaining your balance more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupations requires climbing things such as ladders, scaffold, and poles more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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