Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
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Overview
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Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.
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Employment
Workforce size
Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders, with 17,800 workers, form a smaller workforce than 77% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders are expected to grow by 1%, and should have about 2,800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders are more likely to be automated than 61% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders earn.
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (83%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (64%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (61%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (46%)
  • Consequence of Error (41%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (36%)
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Pathways to this career
Education attained by cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Education attained by specialized production equipment operators and tenders
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for specialized production equipment operators and tenders

What jobs will most specialized production equipment operators and tenders hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of specialized production equipment operators and tenders reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

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Lateral job transitions for specialized production equipment operators and tenders

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 3 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as specialized production equipment operators and tenders as well as 1% of respondents after working as specialized production equipment operators and tenders. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for specialized production equipment operators and tenders
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How many people have this job?
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Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
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Master's Degree
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Gender
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Prior and next careers for specialized production equipment operators and tenders: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as specialized production equipment operators and tenders? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of specialized production equipment operators and tenders surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all specialized production equipment operators and tenders, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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Number of Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for specialized production equipment operators and tenders compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for specialized production equipment operators and tenders.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

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Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Location-adjusted median salary for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the tabs and education selector to find other careers that might be a good fit for you.

How should the career similarity be computed?

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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