What do they do?

Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

Also known as:

Catcher, Chopper Feeder, Cotton Tipper, Doffer, Dryer Feeder, Feeder, Line Feeder, Lug Loader, Machine Feeder, Offbearer, Sawmill Worker, Sewing Line Baler, Tube Puller

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Machine Feeders and Offbearers is projected to Decline 4 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • -4.4%


    Ranks #53 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (2%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (8%)
  • Associate's degree  (5%)
  • Some college, no degree  (15%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (50%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (20%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect work to ensure standards are met.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Operate conveyors or other industrial material moving equipment.
  • Measure product or material dimensions.
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Mark materials or objects for identification.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean machinery or equipment.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing.
  • Package materials or products.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
  • Shovel materials.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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