Sheet Metal Workers

risk level
Based on 52 votes
-0.8 %
by year 2032
or $26.61 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

49% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

48% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 49% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Sheet Metal Workers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Sheet Metal Workers' job openings is expected to decline 0.8% 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.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Sheet Metal Workers' was $55,350, or $26 per hour

'Sheet Metal Workers' were paid 19.5% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 120,810 people employed as 'Sheet Metal Workers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.08% 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 (Low) 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 (Low) 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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