Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
80%
risk level
POLLING
72%
Based on 25 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
-7.1 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$57,620
or $27.70 per hour
Volume
3,350
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
1.8/10

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Automation risk

80% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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

72% 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 80% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Model Makers, 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 'Model Makers, Metal and Plastic' job openings is expected to decline 7.1% 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

Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Model Makers, Metal and Plastic' was $57,620, or $27 per hour

'Model Makers, Metal and Plastic' were paid 24.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 3,350 people employed as 'Model Makers, 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 44 thousand people are employed as 'Model Makers, Metal and Plastic'.

Job description

Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.

SOC Code: 51-4061.00

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