Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

risk level
Based on 17 votes
by 2031
or $16.55 hourly
as of 2022

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.

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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 quite likely this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 100% chance of automation.

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Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders' job openings is expected to decline by 12.2% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders' was $34,420, or $16.55 per hour

'Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders' were paid 25.7% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 10,700 people employed as Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders within the United States.

This represents around 0.007% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 13 thousand people are employed as Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

Job description

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

SOC Code: 51-6062.00


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Joydeep Sharma (Highly likely) says
High risk of automation in the textile industry

I am a textile engineer in Bangladesh, and I have been working in the textile industry on the industrial floors for the past two years. I have noticed that when small garment/textile companies start, they usually rely on human labor for production. However, as the industry grows, the factory struggles to keep up with demand. To deal with the vast orders, cheap labor is often replaced by automatic machines. These machines can increase production by 40-70%, depending on the type of machine.

Unfortunately, this means that operators, technicians, cutting machine setters, and machine readers are eventually laid off. Better software and cloud-based information can be readily brought in, saving more time and driving down production costs. The laborers seek out other jobs, and the company, in competition to keep up with the market, hires workers for even lower wages. Therefore, textile factory personnel are at higher risk in the long run.
Jan 06, 2022 at 08:23 AM
Mapo'a says
Hasn't the job been automated?
Apr 08, 2021 at 05:41 PM

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