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Rubber Goods Production Workers
Little or no change in employment is expected for crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Employment is expected to decline for tire builders; hand cutters and trimmers; cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders; and 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.