Textile machine setters, operators, and tenders
Number employed in 2006: 122,000
Percent change in 2016: From -24.3 percent for winding, twisting, and drawing out machine workers, to -30.9 percent for knitting and weaving machine workers.
Education/training: Skills are typically learned on-the-job, but manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude are necessary as well. Apprenticeships and other forms of formal, in-house training can last up to two years.
2006 median salary: From $21,620 to cutting machine workers, to $24,290 for knitting and weaving machine workers.
Job outlook: Jobs in textiles will suffer as US companies, under pressure to increase production and contain costs, increasingly import clothing and textiles. Many new textiles also require less production and processing.
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(AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rick Wood)