Employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers is projected to grow 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all other occupations. Drywall is, and will continue to be, the most common interior wall covering in nearly every building. As a result, new residential and commercial building construction will drive demand for workers. Home improvement and remodeling projects also are expected to create jobs because existing homes and other buildings are getting old and need repair.
Job prospects for drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers should improve over the coming decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession. As with many other construction workers, employment of these workers is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy. On the one hand, they may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls. On the other hand, shortages of workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity.
Skilled drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers with good work history and experience in the construction industry should have the best job opportunities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition