Machinists

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What do they do?

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Also known as:

CNC Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerical Control Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist), Four-Slide Operator, Gear Machinist, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Manual Machinist, Production Machinist, Tool and Die Machinist, Tool Room Machinist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Machinists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Machinists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 2.5%

    Percent Change

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  • 41,600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Majors that prepare Machinists:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.2%)
  • Associate's degree (12.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (44.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (9.7%)

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Abilities

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.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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

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

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