There are currently an estimated 138,900 sheet metal workers in the United States. The sheet metal worker job market is expected to grow by 8.6% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are sheet metal workers?
CareerExplorer rates sheet metal workers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 18,900 sheet metal workers. That number is based on 12,000 additional sheet metal workers, and the retirement of 6,900 existing sheet metal workers.
Are sheet metal workers in demand?
Demand and employment growth for sheet metal workers over the next decade will result from an expected increase in construction of industrial, commercial, and residential structures. The ongoing need to install and maintain energy-efficient air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems will also sustain job prospects in the field, as will architectural restorations and the increasing popularity of artistic and decorative sheet metal products. Companies looking to hire sheet metal workers will seek out applicants who have completed apprenticeships and who are trained in equipment programming and possess welding certifications. For candidates with these qualifications there will be opportunities across several industries: construction, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, roofing, and manufacturing.
What’s the supply of sheet metal workers?
The sheet metal worker industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York
Sheet Metal Worker job market by state
|State Name||Employed Sheet Metal Workers|
|District of Columbia||150|