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Plasterers and Stucco Masons - 47-2161.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Applicator
  • Artisan Plasterer
  • Plaster and Stucco Worker
  • Plaster Applicator
  • Plaster Mechanic
  • Plasterer
  • Plasterer Journeyman
  • Plastering Contractor

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
47-2160 Plasterers and Stucco Masons
47-2161.00 Plasterers and Stucco Masons

Related Occupations


  • Apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using trowels, brushes, or spray guns.
  • Apply insulation to building exteriors by installing prefabricated insulation systems over existing walls or by covering the outer wall with insulation board, reinforcing mesh, and a base coat.
  • Apply weatherproof, decorative coverings to exterior surfaces of buildings, such as by troweling or spraying on coats of stucco.
  • Clean and prepare surfaces for applications of plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials, such as by drywall taping.
  • Clean job sites.
  • Cover surfaces such as windows, doors, or sidewalks to protect from splashing.
  • Create decorative textures in finish coat, using brushes or trowels, sand, pebbles, or stones.
  • Cure freshly plastered surfaces.
  • Determine materials needed to complete the job and place orders accordingly.
  • Install guide wires on exterior surfaces of buildings to indicate thickness of plaster or stucco and nail wire mesh, lath, or similar materials to the outside surface to hold stucco in place.
  • Mix mortar and plaster to desired consistency or direct workers who perform mixing.
  • Mold or install ornamental plaster pieces, panels, or trim.
  • Rough the undercoat surface with a scratcher so the finish coat will adhere.
  • Set up scaffolds.
  • Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls or ceilings.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply decorative or textured finishes or coverings.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Install trim or paneling.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Plasterer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Plasterer
  • Plasterer Apprentice
  • Plasterer, Molding
  • Stucco Mason