Machine tool cutting setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
Number employed in 2006: 513,000
Percent change in 2016: From -14.9 percent for cutting, punching, and press machine workers, to -23.3 percent for lathe and turning machine setters.
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 setting out in this career. Training begins with observing and assisting experienced workers.
2006 median salary: From $26,340 for cutting, punching, and press machine workers, to $32,160 for lathe and turning machine setters.
Job outlook: The implementation of labor-saving machinery, the changing demand for goods, and foreign competition will all lead to the rapid decline of these types of job opportunities.
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