Plasterers and Stucco Masons

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Synthetic Plasterer
  • Stucco Worker
  • Stucco Plasterer
  • Stucco Applicator
  • Poured Wall Foreman
  • Plastering Contractor
  • Plasterer Journeyman
  • Plasterer Foreman
  • Plasterer Apprentice
  • Plasterer
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What They Do

  • Mold or install ornamental plaster pieces, panels, or trim.
  • Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls or ceilings.
  • 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.
  • Cure freshly plastered surfaces.
  • Rough the undercoat surface with a scratcher so the finish coat will adhere.
  • 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.
  • Create decorative textures in finish coat, using brushes or trowels, sand, pebbles, or stones.
  • Clean and prepare surfaces for applications of plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials, such as by drywall taping.
  • Apply weatherproof, decorative coverings to exterior surfaces of buildings, such as by troweling or spraying on coats of stucco.
  • Determine materials needed to complete the job and place orders accordingly.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

LMI Region


In 2014, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $57,430 with most people making between $22,940 and $95,710


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 290 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 340 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 5 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.