Drywall Installation/Drywaller Major

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, tape, and plaster drywall installations in interior and exterior construction jobs.

Includes instruction in drywall handling and transport, cutting and mounting, taping and spackling, finishing, job analysis and estimation, site safety, tool operation and maintenance, blueprint and specification interpretation, and applicable codes and standards.

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Search for schools that offer studies in Drywall Installation/Drywaller (use the College Search feature and enter "drywall installation” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Drywall Installation/Drywaller Studies?

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to enter the occupation. There are no formal education requirements to become a drywall, ceiling tile installer or taper. Most workers in this construction sub-sector learn their trade on the job by helping more experienced workers and gradually being given more duties.  High school preparation courses in English, Spanish, mathematics, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, and wood and metal shop are helpful for those interested in drywall and ceiling tile installation occupations.

Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers generally begin their careers as helpers and advance to full journey level after several years of experience. From there, the installer may move up to foreman, carpentry supervisor, or general construction supervisor positions. In larger firms, an Installer may become an estimator. Some drywall installers become contractors and open their own businesses.

There are certificate and associate degree programs that may improve career growth potential in the construction trades.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Drywall Installation/Drywaller Studies

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

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