|Quick Facts: Insulation Workers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$35,110 per year
$16.88 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||51,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||28% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||14,400|
Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems to help control and maintain temperature.
Insulation workers generally work indoors in residential and industrial settings. They spend most of the workday standing, bending, or kneeling, often in confined spaces. Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators have a much higher rate of injury and illness than mechanical insulators.
Most floor, ceiling, and wall insulation workers learn their trade informally on the job. Most mechanical insulators complete a formal apprenticeship program.
In May 2010, the median annual wage of floor, ceiling, and wall insulation workers was $31,830, and the median annual wage of mechanical insulation workers was $37,650.
Employment of insulation workers is expected to grow 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will come from improvements made to increase energy efficiency and the building of additional power plants. Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators will face competition for jobs. Mechanical insulators will have excellent job opportunities.
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