Also known as Bed Laborer, Caster, Fabricator, Injection Molding Machine Operator, Machine Operator, Mold Mechanic, Molder, Molding Line Operator, Press Operator
Also known as Bed Laborer, Caster, Fabricator
Molders mold, shape, form, cast, or carve products such as food products, figurines, tile, pipes, and candles consisting of clay, glass, plaster, concrete, stone, or combinations of materials.
Molders are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Molders. More generally, Molders are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Molders is $35,440, and the average salary is $37,370. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Molders salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Molders earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Molders earn less than $25,490 per year, 25% earn less than $29,190, 75% earn less than $43,710, and 90% earn less than $53,290.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Molders is expected to change by 15.1%, and there should be roughly 5,700 open positions for Molders 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 Molders are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Molders 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 Molders tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Molders moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Molders 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, Molders somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
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 Molders must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Molders, ranked by importance:
Working as a Molders usually requires a high school diploma.
Molders need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Molders may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mechanical, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Molders might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Molders 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, Molders need abilities such as trunk strength, arm-hand steadiness, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Molders, 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.
Molders frequently use skills like operations monitoring, reading comprehension, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Molders, ranked by their relative importance.
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