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Plastic worker job produce many of the major consumer products and parts to those products in which we rely on daily. Injection molding is the most common fabrication technique that these workers use. An injection-molding machine heats and liquefies plastic and after which forces it into a mold. Once the part has cooled it is released from the mold. Working on their feet for much of the day, these workers must be in good physical condition. They must also utilize safety procedures since the machines they operate are potentially dangerous. Overtime may also be required to meet demand.

The minimum educational requirements for plastic work are at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Coursework in algebra, trigonometry, statistics, geometry, are very useful as well as experience with computers. Becoming a skilled operator takes time. Basic operations can be learned in several weeks or less depending on the individual but it takes many years to learn more complex techniques for plastic work. Formal apprenticeships can have anywhere from 300 to 600 hours of classroom training and about 2000 to 4000 hours of on the job training. These types of programs generally take 2 to 4 years to complete.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were about 1.1 million metal and plastic jobs in 2006, with the majority found in the manufacturing industry. An expected surge in retirements will open up the possibilities for plastic worker employment by the end of the decade. Qualified professionals with certifications from industry associations will have the best opportunities for plastic worker jobs.

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