Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Opportunities

Manufacturing – Relative Sector Size and Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the Manufacturing sector will grow substantially over the next several years.

Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors
Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors

Projected Growth for Main Industry Sectors

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Within the Manufacturing sector, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing is the largest industry, by employment, for the entire sector.

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Industry Groups

The Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry includes the following industry groups:

  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
  • Ship and Boat Building
  • Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Occupational Opportunities

The following lists the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry for 2026.

  • Industrial engineers (largest and fastest growing)
  • Team assemblers (largest)
  • First-line supervisors of production and operating workers (largest)
  • Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers (largest)
  • Machinists (largest)
  • Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (largest)
  • Mechanical engineers (largest)
  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand (largest)
  • Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers (largest)
  • Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (largest)
  • Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic (fastest growing)
  • Operations research analysts (fastest growing)
  • Millwrights (fastest growing)
  • Industrial machinery mechanics (fastest growing)
  • Software developers, applications (fastest growing)

Industrial Engineers Outlook

Industrial engineers are projected to be one of the largest and fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Industrial Engineers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for industrial engineers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Industrial engineers 52.5 3.3 15.8 Bachelor’s degree None

Industrial Engineers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for industrial engineers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Michigan 28,460 6.66 3.57 $42.47 $88,330
South Carolina 6,900 3.43 1.84 $40.46 $84,160
Indiana 10,180 3.37 1.81 $35.63 $74,110
Minnesota 8,970 3.16 1.70 $43.55 $90,580
Connecticut 5,200 3.14 1.69 $43.16 $89,760

Industrial Engineers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for industrial engineers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Spartanburg, SC 1,480 9.92 5.32 $42.50 $88,400
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 12,040 9.78 5.25 $45.16 $93,940
Sheboygan, WI 550 9.50 5.10 $39.56 $82,290
Ann Arbor, MI 1,860 8.71 4.68 $45.78 $95,220
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 5,460 7.43 3.99 $43.56 $90,610
Peoria, IL 1,240 7.27 3.90 $44.97 $93,550
Bowling Green, KY 510 6.92 3.71 $38.02 $79,090
Muskegon, MI 410 6.65 3.57 $35.44 $73,710
Huntsville, AL 1,430 6.46 3.47 $46.01 $95,690
Bloomington, IN 440 6.46 3.47 $34.89 $72,570

Team Assemblers Outlook

Team assemblers are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Team Assemblers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for team assemblers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Team assemblers 288.7 18.2 -8.5 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Team Assemblers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for team assemblers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Kentucky 62,840 33.49 3.65 $17.77 $36,960
Indiana 89,450 29.63 3.23 $17.40 $36,190
Michigan 106,070 24.81 2.71 $17.44 $36,280
South Carolina 43,810 21.80 2.38 $16.49 $34,290
Alabama 38,630 20.09 2.19 $16.39 $34,090

Team Assemblers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for team assemblers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 19,620 154.24 16.83 $20.57 $42,780
Battle Creek, MI 3,600 64.22 7.01 $18.61 $38,700
Spartanburg, SC 9,450 63.34 6.91 $19.81 $41,200
Columbus, IN 2,950 60.26 6.58 $14.98 $31,160
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 5,470 59.48 6.49 $19.17 $39,880
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 3,180 59.04 6.44 $20.35 $42,340
Tuscaloosa, AL 5,530 55.28 6.03 $21.21 $44,110
Lexington-Fayette, KY 14,080 51.67 5.64 $21.22 $44,140
Lewiston, ID-WA 1,240 46.33 5.06 (8) (8)
Clarksville, TN-KY 3,800 45.22 4.94 $16.55 $34,430

First-line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers Outlook

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers iareprojected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

First-line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for first-line supervisors of production and operating workers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers 57.2 3.6 3.7 High school diploma or equivalent None

First-line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for first-line supervisors of production and operating workers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wisconsin 23,740 8.40 1.96 $28.69 $59,660
Indiana 25,330 8.39 1.96 $28.09 $58,420
Arkansas 8,320 6.93 1.61 $25.41 $52,840
Alabama 12,880 6.70 1.56 $28.64 $59,570
Michigan 28,150 6.58 1.53 $31.28 $65,070

First-line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for first-line supervisors of production and operating workers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,400 18.87 4.40 $29.17 $60,670
Dalton, GA 1,180 17.98 4.19 $27.85 $57,930
Columbus, IN 860 17.49 4.08 $28.51 $59,300
Racine, WI 1,010 13.49 3.14 $30.01 $62,420
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 840 13.31 3.10 $30.82 $64,110
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,270 13.30 3.10 $30.24 $62,900
Sheboygan, WI 730 12.66 2.95 $28.86 $60,040
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,930 12.56 2.93 $26.23 $54,560
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 1,090 11.82 2.75 $28.54 $59,360
Wausau, WI 830 11.81 2.75 $26.51 $55,140

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Outlook

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 55.7 3.5 1.9 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Louisiana 14,210 7.47 2.82 $24.01 $49,940
South Dakota 3,000 7.16 2.71 $18.08 $37,610
Wyoming 1,780 6.63 2.51 $28.91 $60,120
Oklahoma 9,440 6.00 2.27 $21.36 $44,440
Mississippi 6,230 5.56 2.10 $21.28 $44,270

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,100 16.53 6.25 $18.47 $38,420
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 840 15.68 5.93 $16.80 $34,950
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 2,230 14.87 5.62 $25.41 $52,850
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,230 14.66 5.54 $23.25 $48,370
Lake Charles, LA 1,630 14.55 5.50 $27.46 $57,120
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,980 12.36 4.67 $27.82 $57,870
Casper, WY 420 11.13 4.20 $27.13 $56,440
Farmington, NM 530 10.84 4.10 $25.28 $52,580
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 530 9.90 3.74 $19.12 $39,760
Midland, TX 870 9.81 3.71 $23.88 $49,670

Machinists Outlook

Machinists is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Machinists – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for machinists.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Machinists 47.2 3.0 3.1 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Machinists – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for machinists.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Michigan 26,970 6.31 2.38 $19.95 $41,500
South Carolina 12,520 6.23 2.35 $19.12 $39,780
Indiana 17,170 5.69 2.14 $20.43 $42,500
Illinois 31,790 5.36 2.02 $19.37 $40,290
Ohio 27,710 5.16 1.94 $20.65 $42,950

Machinists – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for machinists.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Rockford, IL 2,770 19.28 7.27 $19.00 $39,520
Muskegon, MI 990 16.11 6.07 $15.02 $31,240
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 6,460 16.09 6.06 $18.59 $38,680
Sumter, SC 530 14.31 5.39 $17.48 $36,360
Jackson, MI 850 14.30 5.39 $18.56 $38,610
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division 3,110 12.34 4.65 $16.77 $34,890
Toledo, OH 3,000 10.10 3.81 $24.43 $50,810
Fort Wayne, IN 2,000 9.36 3.53 $21.72 $45,180
Elmira, NY 320 9.22 3.47 $22.00 $45,760
Lima, OH 450 9.02 3.40 $22.80 $47,420

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers Outlook

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 44.5 2.8 -17.1 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Michigan 28,440 6.65 1.76 $16.99 $35,350
Indiana 19,180 6.35 1.69 $18.33 $38,120
South Carolina 12,740 6.34 1.68 $18.56 $38,610
Kentucky 11,050 5.89 1.56 $18.29 $38,050
Ohio 31,380 5.84 1.55 $19.21 $39,960

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Columbus, IN 1,050 21.35 5.66 $17.33 $36,040
Dalton, GA 980 14.92 3.96 $16.18 $33,640
Morristown, TN 590 13.77 3.65 $15.44 $32,120
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,560 12.28 3.26 $17.90 $37,230
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,000 11.88 3.15 $23.67 $49,220
Kankakee, IL 490 11.12 2.95 $25.63 $53,310
Burlington, NC 650 10.87 2.88 $15.59 $32,420
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,600 10.38 2.75 $15.52 $32,290
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 440 10.28 2.73 $15.83 $32,920
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 5,540 10.04 2.66 $14.98 $31,160

Mechanical Engineers Outlook

Mechanical engineers is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Mechanical Engineers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for mechanical engineers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Mechanical engineers 38.3 2.4 8.9 Bachelor’s degree None

Mechanical Engineers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for mechanical engineers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Michigan 44,680 10.45 5.11 $43.68 $90,850
Wisconsin 10,810 3.83 1.87 $37.50 $78,010
New Hampshire 1,990 3.07 1.50 $45.46 $94,570
Ohio 15,150 2.82 1.38 $38.40 $79,880
Massachusetts 9,480 2.69 1.32 $46.16 $96,010

Mechanical Engineers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for mechanical engineers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Jackson, MI 1,070 18.04 8.83 $43.56 $90,610
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 21,970 17.84 8.73 $45.11 $93,830
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 11,140 15.15 7.42 $46.34 $96,380
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 890 14.19 6.95 $45.38 $94,400
California-Lexington Park, MD 510 11.22 5.49 $45.24 $94,110
Columbus, IN 480 9.89 4.84 $33.31 $69,280
Sheboygan, WI 530 9.18 4.49 $42.51 $88,410
Decatur, IL 350 7.08 3.46 $46.87 $97,490
Kokomo, IN 270 6.88 3.37 $40.09 $83,380
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,750 6.79 3.32 $35.06 $72,920

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Outlook

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, and is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 31.9 2.0 3.9 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Tennessee 89,010 30.53 1.61 $13.75 $28,610
New Jersey 120,110 29.97 1.58 $14.33 $29,810
Kentucky 54,340 28.96 1.52 $13.63 $28,360
Georgia 118,700 27.58 1.45 $13.07 $27,190
Indiana 81,510 27.00 1.42 $14.43 $30,020

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 4,140 72.80 3.83 $17.01 $35,380
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 39,640 64.15 3.37 $13.75 $28,610
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division 13,370 53.09 2.79 $12.61 $26,240
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 12,300 47.72 2.51 $14.88 $30,950
Gainesville, GA 4,010 47.35 2.49 $12.25 $25,480
Dalton, GA 2,980 45.21 2.38 $11.52 $23,970
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 16,150 45.00 2.37 $14.29 $29,730
Stockton-Lodi, CA 10,380 42.77 2.25 $18.63 $38,750
Savannah, GA 7,270 42.59 2.24 $15.17 $31,550
Spartanburg, SC 6,270 42.02 2.21 $13.37 $27,800

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers Outlook

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 31.1 2.0 -18.5 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Kansas 7,870 5.75 19.92 $26.18 $54,460
Alabama 1,410 0.73 2.54 $23.96 $49,830
Connecticut 1,180 0.71 2.47 $34.06 $70,850
Oklahoma 1,100 0.70 2.42 $22.55 $46,900
Georgia 2,790 0.65 2.25 $27.65 $57,510

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wichita, KS 7,640 25.77 89.32 $26.44 $54,990
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 300 1.43 4.95 $21.87 $45,490
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 80 0.97 3.35 $31.74 $66,020
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 530 0.91 3.16 $25.91 $53,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 860 0.60 2.09 $20.61 $42,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,060 0.41 1.41 $28.97 $60,250
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 500 0.25 0.87 $25.03 $52,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.25 0.86 $24.27 $50,480
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.21 0.74 $18.88 $39,260
Kansas City, MO-KS 190 0.18 0.62 $18.41 $38,290

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Outlook

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic is projected to be one of the largest occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27.2 1.7 -5.5 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Michigan 20,000 4.68 3.54 $17.59 $36,580
Indiana 12,950 4.29 3.25 $15.70 $32,650
Wisconsin 9,920 3.51 2.65 $17.93 $37,290
Ohio 17,380 3.24 2.45 $16.07 $33,430
Alabama 6,090 3.17 2.40 $15.38 $31,990

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 690 12.96 9.80 $17.36 $36,120
Mansfield, OH 630 12.58 9.51 $12.84 $26,710
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,490 11.73 8.87 $14.83 $30,850
Wausau, WI 580 8.31 6.29 $18.09 $37,630
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 430 6.86 5.19 $14.78 $30,750
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 630 6.80 5.14 $23.31 $48,490
Sheboygan, WI 390 6.77 5.12 $20.00 $41,610
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 300 6.34 4.80 $19.23 $39,990
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,370 6.11 4.62 $15.03 $31,260
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 240 5.98 4.52 $16.63 $34,590

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic Outlook

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic.

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 3.8 0.2 18.4 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wisconsin 1,420 0.50 3.01 $25.89 $53,860
Michigan 2,100 0.49 2.95 $24.99 $51,990
Connecticut 770 0.47 2.79 $32.34 $67,270
Kansas 610 0.44 2.67 $29.18 $60,700
New Hampshire 230 0.36 2.13 $28.26 $58,790

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Jackson, MI 130 2.22 13.28 $25.46 $52,960
Wichita, KS 330 1.12 6.71 $35.34 $73,520
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 70 1.06 6.35 $25.37 $52,770
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 40 1.00 5.99 $21.66 $45,050
Racine, WI 70 0.94 5.64 $21.51 $44,750
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 50 0.90 5.39 $18.51 $38,500
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.88 5.25 $29.67 $61,700
Mansfield, OH 40 0.86 5.13 $18.67 $38,840
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 450 0.77 4.62 $34.71 $72,210
Rockford, IL 110 0.76 4.57 $25.25 $52,510

Operations Research Analysts Outlook

Operations research analysts is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Operations Research Analysts – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for operations research analysts.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Operations research analysts 4.0 0.3 17.7 Bachelor’s degree None

Operations Research Analysts – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for operations research analysts.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Virginia 9,200 2.43 3.26 $50.33 $104,680
Delaware 960 2.16 2.91 $44.43 $92,410
Maryland 4,060 1.52 2.05 $47.19 $98,160
Arizona 3,810 1.41 1.89 $34.58 $71,930
District of Columbia 840 1.18 1.59 $53.67 $111,630

Operations Research Analysts – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for operations research analysts.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
California-Lexington Park, MD 620 13.61 18.29 $52.53 $109,260
Bloomington, IL 900 10.10 13.57 $43.75 $90,990
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 210 4.12 5.54 $43.42 $90,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,640 3.03 4.08 $52.03 $108,220
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 870 2.51 3.38 $44.37 $92,280
Huntsville, AL 530 2.37 3.19 $46.68 $97,090
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,180 2.02 2.72 $47.44 $98,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,480 1.76 2.36 $34.28 $71,300
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,180 1.73 2.32 $36.41 $75,740
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 800 1.65 2.22 $31.46 $65,430

Millwrights Outlook

Millwrights is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Millwrights – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for millwrights.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Millwrights 4.3 0.3 15.4 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship

Millwrights – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for millwrights.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Mississippi 1,140 1.02 3.52 $22.57 $46,950
Indiana 2,310 0.76 2.64 $25.95 $53,980
Alaska 230 0.71 2.45 $28.51 $59,310
Louisiana 1,300 0.68 2.35 $25.49 $53,020
Iowa 1,050 0.68 2.35 $25.90 $53,870

Millwrights – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for millwrights.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Kokomo, IN 240 6.18 21.29 $35.05 $72,890
Longview, WA 200 5.38 18.55 $31.66 $65,860
Saginaw, MI 290 3.44 11.86 $28.38 $59,040
Florence, SC 230 2.67 9.20 $23.49 $48,850
Alexandria, LA 150 2.50 8.60 $28.06 $58,370
Albany, OR 100 2.34 8.05 $22.46 $46,730
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 100 2.07 7.13 $28.17 $58,600
Cedar Rapids, IA 280 1.98 6.81 $26.32 $54,740
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 420 1.57 5.42 $26.73 $55,600
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 230 1.55 5.34 (8) (8)

Industrial Machinery Mechanics Outlook

Industrial machinery mechanics is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Industrial Machinery Mechanics – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for industrial machinery mechanics.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Industrial machinery mechanics 23.0 1.4 14.2 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Industrial Machinery Mechanics – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for industrial machinery mechanics.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wyoming 2,080 7.77 3.25 $31.79 $66,130
Alabama 10,720 5.58 2.33 $24.40 $50,750
Michigan 20,100 4.70 1.96 $25.00 $52,000
Kentucky 8,650 4.61 1.92 $24.86 $51,700
Mississippi 5,150 4.60 1.92 $23.35 $48,580

Industrial Machinery Mechanics – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for industrial machinery mechanics.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Dalton, GA 1,340 20.27 8.47 $20.16 $41,930
Odessa, TX 990 14.46 6.04 $25.09 $52,180
Battle Creek, MI 670 12.03 5.02 $25.92 $53,920
Farmington, NM 580 11.96 4.99 $27.11 $56,390
Pine Bluff, AR 310 10.03 4.19 $27.86 $57,940
Tuscaloosa, AL 980 9.77 4.08 $29.26 $60,860
Midland, TX 850 9.62 4.02 $27.92 $58,070
Spartanburg, SC 1,430 9.58 4.00 $25.95 $53,980
Casper, WY 350 9.30 3.88 $28.18 $58,610
Bowling Green, KY 680 9.19 3.84 $24.07 $50,060

Software Developers, Applications Outlook

Software developers, applications is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Software Developers, Applications – Size and Growth

The following indicates the projected size and growth for software developers, applications.

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Software developers, applications 12.0 0.8 12.5 Bachelor’s degree None

Software Developers, Applications – Highest Proportional Concentrations by State

The following shows the states with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for software developers, applications.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Washington 51,540 16.17 2.71 $63.19 $131,430
New Jersey 43,760 10.92 1.83 $51.46 $107,040
Colorado 27,210 10.65 1.79 $50.30 $104,620
Delaware 4,640 10.48 1.76 $49.16 $102,250
Virginia 35,960 9.49 1.59 $53.37 $111,010

Software Developers, Applications – Highest Proportional Concentrations by Metropolitan Area

The following shows the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs, relative to the nation as a whole, for software developers, applications.

Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 48,750 44.77 7.51 $63.55 $132,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 47,920 29.09 4.88 $64.33 $133,810
Boulder, CO 4,980 27.89 4.68 $50.32 $104,670
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 30,120 26.98 4.53 $70.96 $147,590
Trenton, NJ 4,350 18.94 3.18 $49.91 $103,820
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 3,170 18.33 3.08 $56.61 $117,750
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 2,310 17.46 2.93 $52.24 $108,670
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 4,280 14.33 2.40 $47.61 $99,030
Raleigh, NC 8,520 14.04 2.36 $48.54 $100,960
Austin-Round Rock, TX 13,680 13.73 2.30 $50.69 $105,430

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Providers

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