Woodworking Machine Operators


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Woodworking Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators - 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

Woodworking jobs are found throughout the country. However, many jobs are located in the South and Northwest, close to the supply of wood. Furniture maker jobs are more common in the East.

Major employers:

  • Wood products manufacturers
  • Household furniture manufacturers
  • Kitchen cabinet manufacturers
  • Veneer and plywood manufacturers
  • Sawmills

Outlook

Demand is expected to decline for this occupation. Demand depends on new construction levels as well as repairs and renovations being done to existing buildings. Competition is strong from imported wood products outside the US. Firms that focus on custom woodwork should be able to compete against imports without the need to outsource jobs to other countries.

Some job opportunities will arise as workers retire or leave this occupation for other reasons. Job prospects are best for woodworking machine operators who can design using computers and have good math skills.

Woodworking Machine Operators (CIS 100484)

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Illinois
1,123
Small
&
6.9%
5.8%
>>>>
134
Few
  Champaign Area
98
Medium
&
8.2%
7.0%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
68
Medium
&
7.4%
5.0%
>>>>
8
Moderate
  Cook County
308
Very small
&
3.9%
5.6%
>>>>
35
Few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
84
Small
&
16.7%
9.7%
>>>>
11
Few
  Du Page County
63
Very small
&
3.2%
5.4%
>>>>
6
Very few
  Edwardsville Area
24
Small
&
8.3%
5.1%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
19
Small
&
10.5%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
22
Small
&
4.5%
5.2%
>>>>
3
Few
  Lake County
40
Very small
&
7.5%
8.6%
>>>>
5
Very few
  McHenry County
20
Very small
&
5.0%
6.8%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
9
Very small
&
11.1%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Northwest Illinois Area
30
Small
&
3.3%
3.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
40
Very small
&
5.0%
7.3%
>>>>
5
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
41
Small
&
7.3%
4.3%
>>>>
5
Few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
38
Small
&
7.9%
5.7%
>>>>
5
Few
  Rockford Area
76
Medium
&
6.6%
7.6%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
33
Medium
&
9.1%
2.4%
>>>>
3
Few
  Springfield Area
38
Small
&
7.9%
4.7%
>>>>
5
Few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
33
Small
&
9.1%
6.4%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Vermilion County
15
Small
&
0.0%
4.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
43
Small
&
9.3%
9.1%
>>>>
5
Few
United States
79,300
Medium
&
-2.4%
3.7%
>>>>
9,300
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.