Dept. of Labor Statistics

According to the US Department of Labor

Job opportunities are expected to be good for those who complete postsecondary training. However, there is a decline in job availability due to outsourcing to other countries. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Employment is strongly influenced by the economy. The job growth rate is expected to decline 5% from 2008-2018 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Median Salaries for Machinists in May 2008

Aerospace product and parts manufacturing $19.49
Metalworking machinery manufacturing $17.90
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing $17.06
Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing $16.93
Employment services $12.94
SOC Code: 51-4041

CIP Code: 15.0163: Advanced Manufacturing