Sheet Metal Workers

3.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $25.69 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 49% (Start worrying)

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated
Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Finger Dexterity
Manual Dexterity
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Sheet Metal Workers' job openings is expected to decline by -0.8% by 2031
'Sheet Metal Workers' 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 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Sheet Metal Workers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Sheet Metal Workers' was $53,440, or $25.69 hourly
'Sheet Metal Workers' are paid 16.8% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as sheet metal workers?

As of 2021 there were 122,630 people employed as Sheet Metal Workers within the United States.
This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Sheet Metal Workers.

Job description

Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

SOC Code: 47-2211.00


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Dr.Jrae says
Perhaps in the shop where they already using plasma burners or auto cad, maybe to help with the production of welding seems, but not in the field. It would cost the contractors far to much money to upgrade and install patches to get the simplest job resolved.
Apr 13, 2021 at 11:00 PM
Trailerparknick (Small chance) says
There is no ductwork hanging robot, there is no ai capable of creating project specific solutions and real time implementing,
Jan 02, 2020 at 02:46 AM
Kwise (Small chance) says
Installing sheet metal duct work in commercial buildings seems more difficult of a task than other jobs. Loading, unloading, navigating and bringing it into an unfinished building with obstacles. Let alone finding a place to store the duct work that does not need to be moved a bunch of times. Maybe delivering sheet metal duct work to the job.
Jun 18, 2019 at 02:03 AM

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