Tile Setters

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Tile Setters

Tile Setters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, tile setters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They meet with clients, but usually work alone.
  • Are responsible for their work outcomes.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of their client.
  • Communicate with clients daily by telephone or in person.
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  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors. Indoor work is usually done in unfinished buildings that do not have heat or air conditioning.
  • Always wear protective attire, such as kneepads or safety goggles.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
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  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations and equipment, such as machine saws or cutting tools.
  • Are often exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Work near other people, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
  • Sometimes must work in inadequate or overly bright lighting conditions.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work so that tile patterns match and the job looks professional.
  • Often make decisions that strongly impact clients. They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
  • Are usually able to set their tasks for the day without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Are moderately competitive with other workers.
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  • Must meet strict deadlines on a daily basis.


  • Generally do not have a set schedule each week. Their schedules depend on the weather, and availability of work.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.