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Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

Machinists and Tool and Die Makers
Quick Facts : Machinists and Tool and Die Makers*
2010 Median Pay$39,910
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012438,100
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change29,900


Machinists and tools and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled or mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. As engineers create new types of machine tools, machinists must constantly learn new machining properties and techniques.

What Machinists and Tool and Die Makers Do

Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled or mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

Work Environment

Machinists and tool and die makers work in machine shops and toolrooms and on factory floors. Most work full time during regular business hours. However, overtime, evening, and weekend work are common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of machinists and tool and die makers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Workers with a range of skills who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.
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Pay

The median hourly wage of machinists and tool and die maker was $19.19 in May 2010.
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Machinists and Tool and Die Makers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

39910

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Machinists and Tool and Die Makers*
Percent Change in Employment

Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

6.82493

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

Machinists train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, community and technical colleges, or informally on the job. To become a fully trained tool and die maker takes a combination of 4 or 5 years of technical instruction and on-the-job training. Good math, problem-solving, and computer skills are important.
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