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Industrial Machinery Mechanic Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 332,200 Industrial Machinery Mechanics in the United States. The Industrial Machinery Mechanic job market is expected to grow by 18.0% between 2014 and 2024.

Industrial Machinery Mechanic Employability Rating

A- Sokanu rates Industrial Machinery Mechanics with an A- employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 145,900 Industrial Machinery Mechanics. That number is based on 59,700 additional Industrial Machinery Mechanics, and the retirement of 86,200 existing Industrial Machinery Mechanics.

Demand for Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Excellent employment opportunities are forecasted for industrial machinery mechanics. The growing power industry and sophistication of manufacturing and construction machinery will sustain and very likely increase demand for mechanics trained in installation, maintenance, and repair. As cost-cutting pressures drive manufacturers to continue to automate production, there will be more machinery on factory floors. In addition, many mechanics in this sector are expected to retire in the coming years. Furthermore, employers have reported difficulty in recruiting young workers who have the necessary skills to be industrial machinery mechanics. Together, these factors will result in numerous job openings and discourage lay-offs. Even during economic downturns, when other plant workers are laid off, these mechanics are often retained to perform major equipment overhauls and keep expensive machinery in working order. Some computer-controlled machines capable of diagnosing problems may reduce manpower needs for some companies; still, the overall job outlook in the field is predicted to remain strong. Industrial machinery mechanics may be promoted to positions as master mechanics or supervisors.

Supply of Industrial Machinery Mechanics

The Industrial Machinery Mechanic industry is concentrated in Texas, California, and Ohio.

Industrial Machinery Mechanic Job Market by State

State name Employed Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Texas 31,220
California 23,040
Ohio 17,970
Michigan 15,390
Pennsylvania 15,060
Indiana 14,140
Illinois 11,440
Florida 11,130
Georgia 10,550
New York 10,130
North Carolina 9,780
Alabama 9,750
Kentucky 8,630
Wisconsin 8,420
Virginia 8,310
Tennessee 7,290
Louisiana 7,290
South Carolina 7,140
Iowa 7,130
New Jersey 6,540
Minnesota 6,300
Washington 6,010
Colorado 5,610
Oregon 4,770
Kansas 4,550
Missouri 4,530
Arkansas 4,460
Oklahoma 4,170
Puerto Rico 4,050
Arizona 3,760
Massachusetts 3,530
Nebraska 3,350
Mississippi 3,320
Maryland 3,270
Utah 3,200
West Virginia 2,780
Wyoming 2,320
Connecticut 2,260
New Mexico 2,040
New Hampshire 2,040
Nevada 1,540
North Dakota 1,460
Idaho 1,460
Maine 1,380
South Dakota 1,050
Delaware 890
Montana 670
Alaska 580
Hawaii 570
Rhode Island 520
Vermont 510
Guam 130
District of Columbia 70

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