Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

2.5/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
88%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
-3.3%
by 2030
WAGES
$36,880
or $17.73 hourly
VOLUME
69,570
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 88% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
Key
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quite important
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' job openings is expected to decline by -3.3% by 2030
'Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' was $36,880, or $17.73 hourly
'Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' are paid 12.1% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 69,570 people employed as Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.
This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

SOC Code: 51-4033.00

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