Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
100%
risk level
POLLING
50%
Based on 14 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
-9.1 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$47,020
or $22.60 per hour
Volume
19,410
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
2.0/10

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Automation risk

100% (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:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

50% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Lathe and Turning 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 'Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' job openings is expected to decline 9.1% 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 2022, the median annual wage for 'Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' was $47,020, or $22 per hour

'Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic' were paid 1.5% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 19,410 people employed as 'Lathe and Turning 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 7 thousand people are employed as 'Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic'.

Job description

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

SOC Code: 51-4034.00

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