As you've probably concluded already, good colour sense and a broad knowledge of different painting and decorating techniques are also a huge plus if you're to do this type of work well. Painters and decorators also require good communication skills when dealing with clients. They must understand the needs of the client to prevent costly mistakes. Basic maths and problem solving skills are very useful in helping to avoid these mistakes. Many of the tasks involved in this occupation can be somewhat routine. Someone considering working in this job should be able to cope with routine, and be able to stay focussed, if they're to find this work satisfying. Physical fitness is also a bonus for carrying those heavy tins of paint, and remember, it can take many hours, days, even weeks, to complete a job. These tradespersons also need to be practical, reliable and punctual in order to do their work efficiently and on time.