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Plastics Engineers

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for materials engineers who work in plastics product manufacturing will grow by 2 percent, slower than the average, through 2029. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has impacted all industries worldwide, causing lockdowns, budget cuts, and staff reductions. Most openings for plastics engineers will result from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the field for other reasons. Some openings will come as a result of experienced engineers who advance to sales, management, or other related occupations within the plastics industry. Those with the most advanced skills and experience, as always, will enjoy the best future career outlook.

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