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Sheet Metal Worker Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 141,000 Sheet Metal Workers in the United States. The Sheet Metal Worker job market is expected to grow by 6.7% between 2014 and 2024.

Sheet Metal Worker Employability Rating

C Sokanu rates Sheet Metal Workers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 39,800 Sheet Metal Workers. That number is based on 9,400 additional Sheet Metal Workers, and the retirement of 30,400 existing Sheet Metal Workers.

Demand for Sheet Metal Workers

Demand and employment growth for sheet metal workers over the next decade will result from an expected increase in construction of industrial, commercial, and residential structures. The ongoing need to install and maintain energy-efficient air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems will also sustain job prospects in the field, as will architectural restorations and the increasing popularity of artistic and decorative sheet metal products. Companies looking to hire sheet metal workers will seek out applicants who have completed apprenticeships and who are trained in equipment programming and possess welding certifications. For candidates with these qualifications there will be opportunities across several industries: construction, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, roofing, and manufacturing.

Supply of Sheet Metal Workers

The Sheet Metal Worker industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and New York.

Sheet Metal Worker Job Market by State

State name Employed Sheet Metal Workers
California 12,880
Texas 11,740
New York 8,300
Florida 7,310
Georgia 4,970
Ohio 4,330
Indiana 4,120
Missouri 4,040
North Carolina 3,750
Oklahoma 3,720
Virginia 3,670
Tennessee 3,650
Washington 3,630
New Jersey 3,530
Michigan 3,510
Pennsylvania 3,510
Illinois 3,490
Colorado 3,460
Wisconsin 3,330
Oregon 2,800
Massachusetts 2,600
Arizona 2,350
Minnesota 2,340
Kansas 2,330
Maryland 2,280
Utah 2,020
Mississippi 1,790
South Carolina 1,760
Kentucky 1,600
Iowa 1,420
Arkansas 1,360
Louisiana 1,300
Alabama 1,260
Connecticut 1,220
Nevada 950
Hawaii 940
Nebraska 910
New Mexico 800
Idaho 770
New Hampshire 700
Maine 670
North Dakota 640
Montana 600
South Dakota 540
Rhode Island 540
Alaska 530
West Virginia 500
Delaware 470
Vermont 350
Guam 170
Wyoming 160
District of Columbia 140

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