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Employment opportunities for plasterers and stucco masons are expected to grow at an average rate through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Recent improvements in plastering materials and application methods have created more work for plasterers. To name a few such developments: more lightweight plasters are being used because of excellent soundproofing and acoustical qualities; machine plastering and insulating finishes are becoming more widespread; and the use of plaster veneer or high-density plaster in creating a finished surface is being used increasingly in new buildings. Plaster veneer, or thin-coat plastering, is a thin coat of plaster that can be finished in one coat. It is made of lime and Plaster of Paris and can be mixed with water at the job site. It is often applied to a special gypsum base on interior surfaces. Exterior systems have also changed to include more exterior insulation and finish systems, which have become increasingly popular particularly in the South and Southwest.

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