There are currently an estimated 396,200 machinists in the United States. The machinist job market is expected to grow by 2.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are machinists?

CareerExplorer rates machinists with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 14,400 machinists. That number is based on 7,900 additional machinists, and the retirement of 6,500 existing machinists.

Are machinists in demand?

The demand and job outlook for machinists is positive. Despite improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these automated systems. In addition, as manufacturers invest in new equipment, modify production processes, and implement product design changes more rapidly, they will continue to rely on machinists who possess a diverse skill set and are capable of applying modern production techniques. The level of employment in the machinist industry is impacted by economic cycles, which drive the manufacturing sector in which many of these tradesmen work. Machinists proficient in maintenance and repairs should expect more stable employment since these services are vital to the operation of manufacturing plants, even when production levels fall.

What’s the supply of machinists?

The machinist industry is concentrated in California, Illinois, Ohio

Machinist job market by state

State Name Employed Machinists
California 34,890
Illinois 31,790
Ohio 27,710
Michigan 26,970
Texas 23,760
Pennsylvania 17,750
Indiana 17,170
Wisconsin 13,750
New York 13,740
South Carolina 12,520
Minnesota 11,800
North Carolina 11,540
Washington 10,140
Florida 9,550
Massachusetts 7,570
Connecticut 7,270
Virginia 6,940
Georgia 6,900
Tennessee 6,730
Kentucky 6,200
Alabama 5,920
Missouri 5,850
Arizona 5,380
Oklahoma 4,920
Louisiana 4,600
New Jersey 4,110
Iowa 4,050
Colorado 3,920
Nebraska 3,860
Utah 3,460
Kansas 3,450
Oregon 3,300
Maryland 2,820
Arkansas 2,670
Mississippi 1,940
New Hampshire 1,920
West Virginia 1,710
Idaho 1,460
Maine 1,430
Rhode Island 1,210
South Dakota 1,030
New Mexico 800
Nevada 730
Puerto Rico 690
Wyoming 590
Vermont 580
North Dakota 540
Montana 510
Delaware 340
Hawaii 240
Alaska 170
District of Columbia 140