Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.
Metal and plastic machine workers are employed mainly in factories. Workers must adhere to safety standards to protect themselves from workplace hazards. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends.
A few months of on-the-job training is enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become proficient. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.
The median annual wage for metal and plastic machine workers was $34,080 in May 2015.
Employment of metal and plastic machine workers is projected to decline 13 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment is expected to decline due to advances in technology and foreign competition.
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