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Model Maker Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 2,600 Model Makers in the United States. The Model Maker job market is expected to shrink by -1.4% between 2014 and 2024.

Model Maker Employability Rating

F Sokanu rates Model Makers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 600 Model Makers. That number is based on the retirement of 600 existing Model Makers.

Demand for Model Makers

This occupation is falling victim to technology. Computer-aided design (CAD) software and three-dimensional printers allow architects and designers in many industries to create 3D models relatively quickly. These electronic scale models can be easily manipulated and adapted to test numerous building or film set options and reflect ongoing project changes. With a few keystrokes, real estate developers and project managers can, for example, see how much sunlight will come through windows and whether or not the proposed structure will fit in with its surroundings. Similarly, such models provide television and movie producers with the ability to visualize a variety of scenes before selecting the right one. Simply stated, CAD equipment and 3D printers are extremely powerful tools which provide architects, city planners, construction companies, and the entertainment industry with clear renderings of what their imaginings will ultimately look like. Human model makers who do not embrace the field’s emerging technology will be unable to compete with the precision and malleability it offers. Understandably, therefore, those whose skills evolve with the industry’s progress will encounter the best job prospects.

Supply of Model Makers

The Model Maker industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.

Model Maker Job Market by State

State name Employed Model Makers
North Carolina 190
Tennessee 160
South Carolina 80
New York 50
California 50
Pennsylvania 40

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