Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators

General Information

Description

Operate computer-controlled tools, machines, or robots to machine or process parts, tools, or other work pieces made of metal, plastic, wood, stone, or other materials. May also set up and maintain equipment.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of metal and plastic machine workers is projected to decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 103,100 openings for metal and plastic machine workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$42,260

State-by-state Salary

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$59,450
$34,110
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 39%
  • Post-secondary certificate 19%
  • Some college 14%
  • Bachelor's degree 12%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • Less than high school 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
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