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    Occupation Details for Machinists


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    Occupation Description

    Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

    Interests

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    Work Values

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    Tasks

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    Duties

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    Tools and Technology

    This list below describes the machines, equipment, tools, software, and information technology that workers in this occupation will use.

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    Skills

    The list below includes the skills required by workers in this occupation; skills are what allow you to learn more quickly and improve your performance.

    * Skill importance is measured on a five point scale, where one means 'slightly important for this occupation' and five means 'extremely important for this occupation'.

    * Skill level is measured on a seven point scale, where one means 'some competence required for this occupation' and seven means 'a high level of expertise required for this occupation'.

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    Knowledge

    The list below includes knowledge items, the principles and facts required by this occupation.

    * Knowledge importance is measured on a five point scale, where one means 'slightly important for this occupation' and five means 'extremely important for this occupation'.

    * Knowledge level is measured on a seven point scale, where one means 'some competence required for this occupation' and seven means 'a high level of expertise required for this occupation'.

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    Work Context

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    * Work Contexts are measured by how important the factor is to this occupation, where one is 'not important' and five is 'very important'.

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    Work Style

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    * Work Styles are measured by how important the style is to this occupation, where one is 'not important' and five is 'very important'.

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    Education / Training

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    School Programs

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    Wages

    • Nationally, the average annual wage for this occupation is:
      $ 33,410 for entry level workers and $ 53,540 for experienced workers.

    • In New York State, the average annual wage for this occupation is:
      $ 31,730 for entry level workers and $ 54,590 for experienced workers.

    Job Outlook

    • Nationally, during 2016, there were approximately 396,200 employed. Of these, 1.6 % were self employed.
      We estimate that in 2026 there will be 404,100 employed nationally. This represents an increase of 790 job(s) each year, and a total of 40,790 job opening(s) each year.

    • In New York State based on the total number of annual openings and its growth rate, employment prospects for this occupation are described as Favorable.
      During 2016, there were approximately 14,280 employed in New York State.
      We estimate that in 2026 there will be 14,970 employed in New York State. This represents an increase of 70 job(s) each year, and a total of 1,530 job opening(s) each year.

    State License / Certification Requirements

    State License and Certifications Requirements are not currently associated with this occupation.

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