Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

General Information

Description

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit93.87%
  2. Self-employed4.72%
  3. Private, not for profit0.85%
  4. State and local government0.31%

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

Job Outlook

Overall employment of woodworkers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 28,400 openings for woodworkers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$32,160

State-by-state Salary

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$41,210
$26,170
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 73%
  • Less than high school 20%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • Mathematics
  • Education and Training
  • Public Safety and Security

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
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