Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (51-4031)

Occupation description:  Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 4251 21.41 12
United States 192,200152,700 -20.60 2,4302,430

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 16.4510.4012.53 15.5619.2724.20
Alaska 17.2812.0915.23 17.2519.6922.82
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 17.3611.0614.97 17.5720.7723.17

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
439 20.918.4 10.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation39
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation18
UI claimants previously working in occupation5
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 34
Number of job position postings 0
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Sheet Metal Worker

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Energy Isolation (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #23   (Anchorage)
Service Technician Apprenticeship Certificate
Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Certificate