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A Tile Setter spreads the mortar for a row of tiles.

Tile Setting



Tile setters are responsible for installing tile on walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces in buildings and residences.

Career Details


Students in Tile Setting are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Using a variety of tools to cut and shape tile
  • Installing tile on different surfaces in floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Soundproofing and waterproofing different surfaces in homes or other buildings
  • Grouting and polishing tile
  • Aligning and straightening tile using levels, squares, and straightedges

Career Options

Career Options

Most Tile Setting graduates work for construction contractors or tile-setting unions. Tile setters usually work full-time hours during normal day shifts, but many may work weekends depending on the deadlines of construction projects.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Monitoring skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Teamwork

Tile Setting Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.