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Canning and Preserving Industry Workers
The use of automated equipment and computer technology throughout the food-processing industry means that fewer people will be needed to process, preserve, and can foods. Wherever it is efficient and economical, machines will take over the tasks that people have been doing. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that food batchmakers (a category which includes canning and preserving industry workers) will experience little or no change in employment growth from 2010 to 2020, although situations may vary according to the food product, the location of the factory, the timing of the retirement of older workers, and oher factors. In the fish canneries in Alaska, for example, employment levels are related to weather and other natural factors that vary from year to year.