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Lathers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, plasterers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Usually work as part of a team.
  • Communicate mostly by telephone and face-to-face discussions.
  • Have a medium to high level of social interaction. They talk to contractors and homeowners throughout the day.
  • Are responsible for the work done by assistants and other plasterers.
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  • Are responsible for the health and safety of workers and homeowners.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are sometimes exposed to high places while working on scaffolds.
  • Regularly wear safety equipment such as gloves.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on the weather and work location.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants found in plaster and finishing materials. They often get dust in their eyes and noses.
  • May have to work in extremely bright or dim lighting.
  • Occasionally are exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts, bee stings, or minor burns.
  • Sometimes work in cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • May work physically near other construction employees.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done so that customers are happy with their work.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment.
  • Often make decisions that greatly affect their employer and their customers. They usually independently determine a course of action.
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  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals independently, but will check with supervisors or contractors from time to time.
  • Work in a competitive atmosphere in which daily deadlines must be met.


  • Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week to complete a job.
  • May begin work earlier in the morning than most people.
  • May not work for periods of time due to bad weather or low construction activity.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.