Machinists (51-4041)

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.

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

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 222247 11.33 79
United States 399,700438,900 9.83,920 11,55015,470

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.2312.7116.06 20.4825.7430.67
Alaska 31.8419.8026.76 33.8237.8039.89
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 31.6925.3427.87 32.0537.9539.44
Fairbanks North Star Borough 30.1016.9724.77 32.0437.3540.02
Balance of State 32.5821.1627.25 34.5837.9740.09

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
306185 60.555.5 46.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation52
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation13
UI claimants previously working in occupation59
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 160
Number of job position postings 37
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.3

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

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

Training Resources

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