Wood Product Manufacturing

OJT for Wood Product Manufacturing: NAICS 321

The Wood Product Manufacturing subsector is part of the Manufacturing sector.

The Wood Product Manufacturing subsector includes the following industries:

  • Sawmills and Wood Preservation
  • Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Wood Product Manufacturing

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 48.2 12.7 0.1 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 39.0 10.3 0.0 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Team assemblers 31.6 8.3 -19.9 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24.3 6.4 0.0 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Industrial truck and tractor operators 16.1 4.2 0.2 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers 15.5 4.1 0.1 High school diploma or equivalent None
Helpers–production workers 12.4 3.3 0.2 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 11.5 3.0 -0.4 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Carpenters 11.0 2.9 0.1 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 11.0 2.9 0.2 Postsecondary nondegree award Short-term on-the-job training

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic 0.1 0.0 14.6 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Financial managers 0.6 0.1 10.3 Bachelor’s degree None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 0.3 0.1 9.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Industrial machinery mechanics 4.9 1.3 7.0 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Millwrights 2.8 0.7 5.4 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship
Logging equipment operators 3.2 0.9 5.0 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Maintenance workers, machinery 2.0 0.5 4.2 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 0.5 0.1 2.2 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 0.2 0.0 2.1 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders 2.7 0.7 1.9 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

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