Steel Jobs

Steel Jobs are Good Jobs

The average wage in the steel industry is significantly higher than the private sector average – in 2010 it was $70,686. This is is $25,000 higher than the average wage for the private sector as a whole.

These higher average wages benefit the economy through the “consumption effect,” as employees of the steel industry spend their larger income on goods and services in their communities.

Modern steelworkers have a different set of skills than their predecessors because of changes in the industry. Advances in the technology used to manufacture steel require that workers use modern equipment and computer-controlled machinery to control the process, rather than being dependent on their physical labor and skill. Many positions in modern steel mills involve overseeing and maintaining equipment, and acting to correct any problems that occur.

The three basic categories of steel workers are production operators, transportation occupations, and specialty positions. Production operators are needed to run all phases of the production line, and they represent more than half of all steel worker employees. Examples of production operator positions include furnace operators, metal pourers, rolling machine operators, and inspectors. Workers involved with moving and transporting steel by crane, truck and hand account for about 13 percent of the industry.

The steel industry is working through college and university partnerships to encourage students to consider a career in the Industry in an attempt to fill the workforce gap that will be created by impending retirements.