Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
94%
risk level
POLLING
60%
Based on 12 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
-7.2 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$39,340
or $18.91 per hour
Volume
182,460
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
1.8/10

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Automation risk

94% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

60% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 94% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Growth

Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' job openings is expected to decline 7.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' was $39,340, or $18 per hour

'Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' were paid 15.1% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 182,460 people employed as 'Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' within the United States.

This represents around 0.12% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 810 people are employed as 'Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic'.

Job description

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

SOC Code: 51-4031.00

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