Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate equipment to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.Work Environment
Machinists and tool and die makers work in machine shops and factories. Many work full time during regular business hours. However, working overtime, as well as nights and weekends, may be common.How to Become a Machinist or Tool and Die Maker
Although machinists typically need a high school diploma to enter the occupation, tool and die makers also may need to complete postsecondary courses. Machinists and tool and die makers typically are trained on the job. Some learn through training or apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community and technical colleges.Pay
The median annual wage for machinists was $45,840 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for tool and die makers was $54,760 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 47,500 openings for machinists and tool and die makers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.State & Area Data
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