Also known as Automated Cutting Machine Operator, CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator), Cutter, Cutter Operator, Die Cut Operator, Fabric Cutter, Laser Operator, Spread Cutter, Spreader, Textile Slitting Machine Operator
Also known as Automated Cutting Machine Operator, CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator), Cutter
Fabric Cutters set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.
Fabric Cutters are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Fabric Cutters. More generally, Fabric Cutters are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Fabric Cutter is $29,910, and the average salary is $30,890. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Fabric Cutter salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Fabric Cutters earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Fabric Cutters earn less than $21,300 per year, 25% earn less than $25,380, 75% earn less than $36,070, and 90% earn less than $41,520.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Fabric Cutters is expected to change by -10.9%, and there should be roughly 1,300 open positions for Fabric Cutters every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Fabric Cutter are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Fabric Cutters typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Fabric Cutter tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Fabric Cutters moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Fabric Cutters moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Fabric Cutters somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Fabric Cutters must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Fabric Cutters, ranked by importance:
Working as a Fabric Cutter usually requires a high school diploma.
Fabric Cutters need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Fabric Cutters may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mathematics, or mechanical knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Fabric Cutters might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Fabric Cutters must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Fabric Cutters need abilities such as arm-hand steadiness, information ordering, and manual dexterity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Fabric Cutters, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Fabric Cutters frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and monitoring to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Fabric Cutters, ranked by their relative importance.
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