Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

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What do they do?

Mold, shape, form, cast, or carve products such as food products, figurines, tile, pipes, and candles consisting of clay, glass, plaster, concrete, stone, or combinations of materials.

Also known as:

Bed Laborer, Caster, Fabricator, Injection Molding Machine Operator, Machine Operator, Mold Mechanic, Molder, Molding Line Operator, Press Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 4 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -4.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #83 in job growth rate
  • 100

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #42 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1%)
  • Master's degree (3.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (18.6%)
  • Associate's degree (7.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (15.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (31.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (22.7%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

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

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Build production molds.
  • Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 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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