Industries & Professions /
Stone, Concrete, Ceramics, and Glass
The outlook is not rosy for the stone, concrete, ceramics, and glass industries. The industries producing ceramic products are expected to see declines in employment, particularly among assemblers and fabricators; furnace, kiln, oven, and kettle operators; crushing and mixing machine operators; precision inspectors; and grinders and polishers. Declines here are often partly the result of increased automation and decreased demand for products. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts average employment growth in the next decade for glaziers, stonemasons, brickmasons, blockmasons, and other workers in related fields. There will be more opportunities for workers in research and testing, health, and engineering and architectural services. Ceramic materials have been touted as having the potential to solve many of the world's industrial and environmental problems. Although scientists are finding many new uses for ceramic materials, the development of many new materials is still in its infancy. Ceramic materials provide a good solution to the energy problems posed by the high-temperature, corrosive environments involved in solar heating, nuclear reactors, geothermal heat production, and gas turbines, for example.
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