Careers in Construction: Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

Workforce Development
Contact: Greg Zick
AVP, Workforce Development
(202) 266-8493

Worker finishing drywall installation

Overview of Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer Careers

Drywall installers and ceiling tile installers hang wallboards and install ceiling tiles in interior rooms in buildings. Daily, drywall and ceiling tile installers fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws. They read blueprints or other specifications to determine installation methods, work procedures, or material or tool requirements. Although specific duties for drywall installers may vary, many remove plaster, drywall, or paneling, using crowbars and hammers. They might also be responsible for installing blanket insulation between studs and tacking plastic moisture barriers over insulation.

Important Qualities for Drywall Installers and Ceiling Tiles Installers

  • Ability to work at heights
  • Attention to detail
  • Balance
  • Dexterity
  • Math skills
  • Physical stamina
  • Physical strength
  • Interest in working with different materials

Key Skills: Aspiring Drywall Installers and Ceiling Tile Installers Should Learn

  • Measure, mark, and cut drywall panels according to design plans
  • Install and fasten panels and tiles to support structures
  • Measure and cut openings in panes or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures
  • Use keyhole saws and other cutting tools
  • Patch, trim, and smooth rough spots and edges

Once you complete training, you have a variety of employment opportunities:

  • Supervisor
  • General superintendent
  • Project manager
  • Estimator or preparing cost estimates

What are the other benefits of being a Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer Careers?

Drywall contractor professionals working in residential construction enjoy tangible and intangible benefits. As a craftsman, you make a difference since you build something that future generations will enjoy. In addition, drywall contractors are satisfied knowing that their work helps strengthen their community, which few other industries can offer. These benefits bring a sense of fulfillment to a well-done job once you see the quality of the finished drywall for a remodel or new house.

Earnings Potential for Drywall Installers and Ceiling Tiles Installers

There is competitive compensation for a drywall professional. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2022 national average wage for drywall installers and ceiling tile installers was $57,880 or about $27.83 hourly. Most home owners need a good drywall contractor.

Job Outlook for Drywall Installers and Ceiling Tiles Installers

The residential construction industry is facing a labor shortage. According to NAHB, remodelers and builders have reported shortages in 16 trades, including framing crews, drywall installers, carpenters and plumbers. Employers must fulfill them to help address the nation’s housing shortage. The number of open construction sector jobs currently averages between 300,000 to 400,000 every month, according to the HBI. Therefore, you will be a highly sought-after job candidate if you join the home building industry as a drywall contractor.

Training and Education for Aspiring Installers

The best way to start looking for drywall installation training programs and apprenticeships is by connecting with HBI, the nation’s leading provider of trade skills training in the construction industry. It provides pre-apprenticeship, certification programs, and job placement services. HBI serves over 15,000 individuals annually through five Program Areas: Academies, Job Corps, Military, Community, and Licensing. HBI provides students free pre-apprenticeship technical training, certification programs, and job placement services.

HBI programs are taught in local communities nationwide to at-promise youth and adults, displaced workers, underserved populations, and anyone interested in a career in the building industry. HBI ensures that all participants graduate from the program with the necessary skills, experience, and credentials to be successful in the workforce.

Careers in Construction Trades: Drywall Installer