Metal and Plastic Processing Workers


Manufacturing > Metal and Plastic Processing Workers > Employment & Outlook
Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
111300
100379
Metal and Plastic Processing Workers

Metal and Plastic Processing Workers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Plastics products manufacturers
  • Motor vehicle parts manufacturers
  • Machine shops and nut, bolt, and screw manufacturers
  • Metal products manufacturers
  • Metal forging and stamping companies
  • Temporary worker agencies

Outlook

Growth in this occupation is declining. The decline is tied to the decline in the manufacturing industry. More plastic and metal parts are manufactured overseas. Automation means that many parts can be made by machines and robots. Fewer workers are required.

Many job openings will occur as current metal and plastic processing machine operators retire or switch to other occupations. Job prospects are best for those with experience operating computer-controlled equipment. 

Metal and Plastic Processing Workers (CIS 100379)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



This occupation
All occupations


Illinois
38,339
Very large
&
-5.8%
5.8%
>>>>
3,754
Very High
  Champaign Area
617
Very large
&
2.1%
7.0%
>>>>
68
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
1,244
Very large
&
-0.8%
5.0%
>>>>
132
Very High
  Cook County
12,355
Very large
&
-2.9%
5.6%
>>>>
1,267
Very High
  Decatur Area
383
Very large
&
-1.8%
7.0%
>>>>
38
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
2,762
Very large
&
3.7%
9.7%
>>>>
312
Very High
  Du Page County
4,035
Very large
&
-4.9%
5.4%
>>>>
398
Very High
  Edwardsville Area
1,197
Very large
&
-42.7%
5.1%
>>>>
52
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
276
Very large
&
4.0%
7.0%
>>>>
28
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
472
Very large
&
-0.8%
5.2%
>>>>
52
Very High
  Lake County
2,779
Very large
&
-0.1%
8.6%
>>>>
296
Very High
  McHenry County
1,164
Very large
&
-1.7%
6.8%
>>>>
125
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
944
Very large
&
7.7%
6.8%
>>>>
114
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
1,281
Very large
&
-3.4%
3.6%
>>>>
131
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,809
Very large
&
-1.2%
7.3%
>>>>
192
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
615
Very large
&
-0.7%
4.3%
>>>>
65
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
670
Very large
&
-3.6%
5.7%
>>>>
69
Very High
  Rockford Area
2,762
Very large
&
-5.5%
7.6%
>>>>
267
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
214
Very large
&
-3.3%
2.4%
>>>>
20
Very High
  Springfield Area
400
Very large
&
-5.0%
4.7%
>>>>
41
High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
610
Very large
&
-17.9%
6.4%
>>>>
48
Very High
  Vermilion County
331
Very large
&
-2.7%
4.9%
>>>>
34
Very High
  Will County
1,339
Very large
&
2.2%
9.1%
>>>>
147
Very High
United States
843,900
Very large
&
-7.8%
3.7%
>>>>
67,800
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.