Machinists and tool and die makers held about 477,500 jobs in 2014. Machinists held about 399,700 jobs in 2014. Tool and die makers held about 77,800 jobs in 2014. The vast majority worked in manufacturing, including machine shops, toolrooms, and factories.
The industries that employed the most machinists and tool and die makers in 2014 were as follows:
Fabricated metal product manufacturing
Transportation equipment manufacturing
Injuries and Illnesses
Although the work of machinists and tool and die makers is not inherently dangerous, working around machine tools presents hazards, and workers must follow precautions. For example, workers must wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses, to shield against bits of flying metal, earplugs to dampen the noise produced by machinery, and masks to limit their exposure to fumes.
Although many machinists and tool and die makers work full time during regular business hours, some work on evenings and weekends because facilities may operate around the clock. Overtime is also common.