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Paperhangers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, wallpaper hangers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium low level of contact with others. They usually work alone but also interact with clients, usually on the phone or in person.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of those around them while working.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other hangers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. May work outdoors to hang billboards.
  • Often wear protective gear, such as masks, respirators, or gloves, when using chemicals to remove wallpaper.
  • Are sometimes exposed to loud or distracting sounds.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
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  • Sometimes must use ladders to reach high places.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors may make customers unhappy and keep wallpaper hangers from being paid.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Often make decisions that impact customers and their company's reputation. They sometimes consult another before deciding a course of action, but usually act independently.
  • Set their daily tasks and goals by customer schedules.
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  • Must meet weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.