Between 2012 and 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the demand for painters to be higher than the average demand for other professionals. The increased demand for painters translates to an additional 62,600 jobs for painters over the decade in question.
Demand is high for all types of painters, but painters in certain specializations enjoy even greater opportunities. Painters working in industrial positions, particularly those along the U.S. Gulf Coast, experience excellent job prospects.
Industrial painters are in greatest demand due to the fact that painting greatly extends the life of many industrial structures and pieces of equipment. Bridges, steel tanks, and other metal industrial items require fresh painting on a regular basis as a means of preventing corrosion.