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Production – Job Summaries

Production – Job Summaries


Workers in this group operate machines and other equipment to assemble goods or distribute energy.

Overall employment in production occupations is projected to decline 2 percent from 2021 to 2031, resulting in a decrease of about 163,600 jobs over the decade. Despite declining employment, opportunities are expected to arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 989,900 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from replacement needs.

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2022).


Assemblers and Fabricators

Assemblers and fabricators build finished products and the parts that go into them.

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Car Manufacturers

Car manufacturers are companies that design, engineer, and produce automobiles, overseeing all aspects of vehicle production from conception to assembly.

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Jeweler and Precious Stone and Metal Worker

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, construct, adjust, repair, appraise and sell jewelry.

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Metal and Plastics Machine Workers

Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate equipment that cuts, shapes, and forms metal and plastic materials or pieces.

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Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

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Quality Control Inspector

Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.

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Warehouse Workers

Warehouse workers are individuals responsible for receiving, storing, organizing, and shipping goods within a warehouse or distribution center, ensuring efficient inventory management and order fulfillment.

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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

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Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join, repair, or cut metal parts and products.

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