Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
91%
risk level
POLLING
75%
Based on 12 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
-18.6 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$44,620
or $21.45 per hour
Volume
5,740
as of 2023
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
1.1/10

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Automation risk

91% (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.

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

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

75% 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 91% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Drilling and Boring Machine Tool 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 'Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' job openings is expected to decline 18.6% 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

Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' was $44,620, or $21 per hour

'Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' were paid 7.2% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 5,740 people employed as 'Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 26 thousand people are employed as 'Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic'.

Job description

Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

SOC Code: 51-4032.00

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