Average Salary Per Year: $42,000

Do you have an eye for different colors, textures and tones? Would you consider yourself artsy? Try your hand at becoming a professional painter. Painters are responsible for choosing and applying just the right paint or colors to buildings and industrial structures. This career path ranges from industrial spray painters who apply coatings to prevent deterioration to decorative artisans who create faux finishes.

Education Options:

Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program


Good manual dexterity, vision, and color sense, as well as physical stamina and balance. For industrial painting, a certification from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) may be necessary.