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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Northeast
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Ironworkers

Ironworkers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Nonresidential building construction companies
  • Structural metals manufacturers
  • Agricultural, construction, and mining machine manufacturers

Outlook

Demand is expected to show little to no change for this occupation. Construction of new industrial buildings is expected to increase. In addition, there is a need to repair and maintain older buildings. Additional demand will come from construction of bridges and other types of infrastructure. However, increased foreign competition for materials will limit growth.

Job prospects are best in large cities for those who have certifications in welding or rigging. Workers with former military training may have an advantage at the initial hiring.

Structural Metal Workers (CIS 100461)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
5,136
Medium
&
1.5%
5.8%
>>>>
549
High
  Champaign Area
88
Medium
&
9.1%
7.0%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
101
Medium
&
3.0%
5.0%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Cook County
1,778
Medium
&
1.0%
5.6%
>>>>
188
Moderate
  Decatur Area
65
Medium
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
8
Moderate
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
315
Large
&
3.5%
9.7%
>>>>
33
High
  Du Page County
667
Large
&
-0.3%
5.4%
>>>>
70
High
  Edwardsville Area
117
Large
&
3.4%
5.1%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
27
Small
&
7.4%
7.0%
>>>>
3
Few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
62
Medium
&
-3.2%
5.2%
>>>>
6
Moderate
  Lake County
331
Large
&
2.1%
8.6%
>>>>
35
High
  McHenry County
163
Large
&
9.8%
6.8%
>>>>
20
High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
58
Medium
&
-1.7%
6.8%
>>>>
6
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
138
Large
&
-3.6%
3.6%
>>>>
13
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
240
Medium
&
-1.2%
7.3%
>>>>
24
Moderate
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
75
Medium
&
-4.0%
4.3%
>>>>
6
Moderate
  Rock Island-Moline Area
106
Medium
&
-4.7%
5.7%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Rockford Area
257
Large
&
-1.9%
7.6%
>>>>
26
High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
17
Small
&
-5.9%
2.4%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Springfield Area
84
Medium
&
6.0%
4.7%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  St Louis-Belleville Area
112
Medium
&
10.7%
6.4%
>>>>
13
Moderate
  Vermilion County
21
Small
&
-19.0%
4.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
272
Large
&
8.8%
9.1%
>>>>
31
High
United States
179,000
Large
&
-0.3%
5.2%
>>>>
20,000
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.