Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Beautiful fabrics and woven garments are created on textile knitting and weaving machines. Increasing automation means fewer people are needed to set up, run and tend to the machines that weave, loop and knit yarn into textiles. By 2024, just 4,600 jobs working with the machines — a reduction of 26 percent — will be the norm. Workers with a high school education will receive on-the-job training, but sharp skills using Microsoft software and computer-aided manufacturing software will be needed on the job. Workers also need manual dexterity and a good eye for detail to feed yarn into the machine and detect any problems with the working parts.
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Methodology: Data originates from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data was sourced from the Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. GBR determined the 10 highest projected 2024 job openings and median salary and the 10 jobs with the least security that have lowest projected 2024 job openings and median salary.