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Career information and college search tools for machinists and those interested in pursuing careers in related fields.

Machinists Skills

Below are the skills needed to be machinists according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Operation Monitoring3.253.38
Critical Thinking3.123.12
Operation and Control3.123.25
Active Listening32.88
Coordination33

Machinists Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be machinists according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Arm-Hand Steadiness3.623.38
Manual Dexterity3.623.38
Control Precision3.53.62
Finger Dexterity3.53.62
Multilimb Coordination3.383.25

Machinists Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be machinists according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Mathematics4.044.39
Mechanical3.784.76
Production and Processing3.43.66
English Language3.273.2
Design3.043.44

Machinists Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being machinists according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Getting Information4.073.14
Controlling Machines and Processes3.965.17
Making Decisions and Solving Problems3.643.88
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates3.563.91
Handling and Moving Objects3.55.18

Machinists Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being machinists according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Attention to Detail4.38
Dependability4.05
Independence3.59
Self Control3.53
Initiative3.51

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Machinists

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Machinists jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim16,300 $43,520
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn13,140 $42,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land9,080 $47,320
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue6,730 $53,500
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin6,460 $38,680
Cleveland-Elyria6,220 $41,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis5,200 $42,820
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington4,960 $41,180
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale4,210 $46,040
Pittsburgh4,160 $42,790

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to machinists

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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