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Plastics Products Manufacturing Workers
Increased competition in foreign markets and the introduction of laborsaving technology will reduce opportunities for plastics products manufacturing workers. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for workers in this field will decline rapidly through 2018—although employment outlooks vary by occupation. Multiple machine tool operators and plastics-molding, core-making, and casting machine operators should enjoy good job prospects in the next several years. Occupations that may experience a decline in employment include grinding-machine operators (due to automation); blenders; cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders; and color mixers.