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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 13,050
Texas 11,090
New York 8,130
Florida 7,460
Georgia 4,400
Pennsylvania 4,220
Illinois 4,120
Ohio 4,100
Missouri 4,070
Indiana 4,060
Massachusetts 3,990
North Carolina 3,900
Virginia 3,900
Michigan 3,480
Washington 3,440
Oklahoma 3,360
Wisconsin 3,350
Colorado 3,310
Minnesota 2,860
Tennessee 2,720
Arizona 2,690
Maryland 2,640
New Jersey 2,590
Oregon 2,400
Kansas 2,170
Utah 2,060
South Carolina 1,950
Iowa 1,870
Mississippi 1,810
Kentucky 1,540
Arkansas 1,280
Alabama 1,190
Connecticut 1,170
Nevada 1,050
Louisiana 1,040
Hawaii 970
Nebraska 770
Maine 760
Montana 610
New Mexico 610
Rhode Island 500
New Hampshire 500
Delaware 490
Alaska 450
South Dakota 430
Idaho 420
North Dakota 410
Vermont 380
West Virginia 380
Guam 190
Wyoming 170
Puerto Rico 150
District of Columbia 130
Virgin Islands 80

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