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Paint Technology a Colorful Career

Yashwant Kale Career Guidance 1 Comment

The demand for Paints and Oils is increasing at logarithmic rates. In future, the real estate sector and the automobile sector which are poised for growth will be the primary drivers of the paints, oils and surface coatings industry. Paint technology is an exotic field and there is a dearth of academically qualified and experienced human resources to meet the demands of industry.

Industry prospects

Government of India decision to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the construction industry is expected to give a fillip to that industry, thereby resulting in skyrocketing demand for paints;
The monetary policy pronouncements of the Reserve Bank of India are translating into affordable housing that will further fuel the demand for paints;
Government is emphasizing the development of infrastructure;
Purchasing power in urban and rural areas is witnessing an upswing leading to accelerated demand for consumer durables;
India is a hub for the automobile industry.


A course in paint technology will provide you with an insight into characteristics of oils, technology for extraction of oils from minerals, lipid composition and characteristics, refining and hydrogenation of oils.

Options after 12th standard

To pursue a Diploma in Paint Application Technology, the candidate should have completed 10+2 or equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks The candidate will also have to cleat a written test and an interview to secure admission;
Candidates seeking admission to an undergraduate course in paint technology should have passed the 10+2 or an equivalent examination with science as one of the subjects.
The Institute of Cheminformatics Studies, Noida, conducts an Industry Program in Paint and Coating Technology. The eligibility criterion for admission to the course is a graduate degree in science, engineering, or a related field.

Options after graduation

Graduates in paint technology could pursue M. Tech. in paint technology.

Leading Institutes and Colleges

University Institute of Chemical Technology, Jalgaon – B.Tech. (Paint Technology);
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur – B. Tech. (Paint Technology);
Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, Mumbai – Diploma in Paint Application Technology;
Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur – B. Tech. / M.Tech. (Surface Coating Technology);
Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai – B. Tech. / M.Tech. (Surface Coating Technology);

Job profile

Graduates and post graduates in paint technology are tasked with the responsibility of developing new colours, shades, hues and textures, discovering new applications and application techniques, developing new products for customers and improving the quality and suitability of the existing product range. Paint has applications across a wide spectrum of industries such as real estate, automobiles, ships, aircraft, etc. and indiversified markets, dissimilar environments and on diverse surfaces.

Employability Skills

Natural love for colours
Inclination to Experiment
Excellent oral and written communication skills to facilitate collaboration with professionals from other disciplines
Be a team player
Managerial and Leadership traits

Prospective Employers

Paint technologists are required in various departments in companies engaged in manufacture of paints and oils.
Research and Development; Quality Assurance; Marketing; Production; On-site technical services;
Paint technologists also have scope for employment as lecturers / professors in colleges offering courses in paint technology.

Leading Employers in Paint Technology

Paint and surface coating manufacturing companies are the major employers of paint technologists.
Asian Paints Limited;
Jenson and Nicholson Limited;
Berger Paints Limited;
Shalimar Paints Limited
Kansai Nerolac Paints;
Akzo Nobel;
BASF Limited;
Nippon Paints India Private Limited;
Esdee Paints Limited;
Asian Paints PPG Private Limited;
Berger –Becker Coatings Private Limited;
Marpol India Private Limited;
KCC Paints India Private Limited;

Compensation Packages

A Paint Technologist employed in the paint manufacturing industry could start his career with an annual salary in the range of Rs. 1,25,00/- to Rs.1,65,000/-. Within the paint industry, there are high wage islands (the reputed brands), where the starting industry could be as high as Rs.2,50,000/- per annum.

Pluses and minuses


There is a considerable demand-supply gap for qualified professionals in the paint industry;
Excellent field for persons with creativity;
Remuneration is fairly lucrative especially after acquiring hands on experience


Shop floor and plant odours could result in frequent health impairment;
Job training may be spread over several months;
The job frequently involves spending the entire working day standing on your feet.

Comments 1

  1. My self Ganesh Pawar searching a new job in paint technology field , presently working as a Executive Engineer at reputed automotive Ltd company, previously worked as a Paint Shop Incharg at Mumbai .My Qualifications is 1) Diploma in Paint Application Technology -Mumbai University 2)B.SC.- Chemistry – IGNOU, New Delhi 3)Diploma in Businesses Management -We School ,Matunga, Mumbai 4) P G Diploma in Operation Management -We School ,Matunga, Mumbai .I have more than seven years experience in Paint Technology Field

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