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Maintenance Workers, Machinery In Demand

General Information

Description

Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit89.58%
  2. State and local government4.01%
  3. Federal government3.53%
  4. Private, not for profit1.52%
  5. Self-employed1.36%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Manufacturing

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
+13%
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$53,310

State-by-state Salary

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$80,720
$20,110
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 39%
  • Some college 25%
  • Post-secondary certificate 21%
  • Associate's degree 10%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.
  • Conventional — You have an interest in following procedures and regulations to organize information or data.
  • Investigative — You have an interest in studying and researching objects, organisms, and other things.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Building and Construction
  • Design

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