Rubber Goods Production Workers

Overall employment in the rubber industry is predicted to decline through 2024. The Bureau of Labor statistics opportunities for crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders as well as for cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders will shrink by 8 percent in that period. Employment is expected to decline by 14 percent for tire builders; by 17 percent for hand cutters and trimmers; and by 10 percent for furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders during this same time span. Increasing automation in manufacturing processes and technological advances that make some rubber goods better and longer-lasting have sharply reduced the number of rubber goods production jobs that are available. Those with advanced training, especially knowledge of computer systems that are used to operate high-tech manufacturing equipment, will have the best job prospects.   


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