Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal, and plastic
Number employed in 2006: 161,000
Percent change in 2016: From -7.2 percent for extruding machine workers, to -30.4 percent for forging machine setters, operators, and tenders.
Education/training: A high school diploma, classroom training in shop and blueprint reading, a solid math and computer background, and knowledge of the properties of metal and plastic can all help a worker excel in this career.
2006 median salary: From$28,250 for extruding machine workers, to $31,050 for rolling machine workers,
Job outlook: Labor-saving machinery, the changing demand for goods, and foreign competition will all lead to the rapid decline of these types of jobs.
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