We surveyed 1,403 painters to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical painter. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a painter?

Low

High

Working as a painter typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a painter?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a painter typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a painter?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a painter. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for painters.

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Do painters work full-time or part-time?

59% of painters work in full-time roles while 41% work part-time.

Is being a painter stressful?

Low

High

Painters tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a painter?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a painter.

How competitive is the workplace for painters?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for painters.

Does being a painter require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for painters.

Are painters allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Painters rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do painters have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally painters will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a painter physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a painter requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are painters exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Painters tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a painter require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a painter.

Does being a good painter require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a painter.