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Automobile Painters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, vehicle painters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communicate with others mostly by face-to-face discussions. They also talk to clients on the telephone.
  • Have a medium level of social contact. They speak to coworkers and clients, but spend most of their time alone.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
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  • May work as part of a team of painters.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always wear protective attire, such as gloves and respirators.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants such as solvents and paint fumes.
  • Often work indoors in paint shops. They occasionally work outdoors, although this is becoming less common due to environmental protection rules.
  • Sometimes work in cramped spaces and awkward positions when painting.
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  • Are occasionally exposed to hazardous conditions, situations, and equipment that may result in minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Are sometimes exposed to high noise levels from equipment or nearby repair work.
  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or cold temperatures.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done to ensure an attractive and lasting paint job.
  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment.
  • Make decisions on a frequent basis. These decisions affect the appearance of a customer's car.
  • Usually set their daily tasks and goals under the direction of a supervisor.
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  • Must meet strict daily deadlines.
  • Repeat the same tasks.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week. Occasionally work overtime during busy periods.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.