Woman wearing a hard hat standing in front of a control panel in an industrial setting

Production Helpers (Median Wage of $12.71/hr) help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Operator, Helper, Laborer, Machine Operator, Material Handler, Press Helper, Production Worker, Service Person, Support Team Member, Utility Worker

Production Workers (Median Wage of $12.39/hr) perform duties such as measuring, grading and feeding batches of raw materials into production machinery; operating production line equipment, like a conveyor line in a canning factory; assembling goods on a production line, like fitting circuit boards into computers; monitoring the production process and carrying out basic testing and quality checks; packing goods ready for shipment; or cleaning and maintaining work areas and machinery.

Sample job titles and technology skills unavailable for 51-9199 Production Workers, All Other.


Local Characteristics

  • Average Wage of $13.97/hr
  • 885 Employed Locally
  • Projected Growth, 2018-2023: 7%
  • Retirement Risk: 18% of Local Employees Aged 55+
  • Gender Diversity: 27% of Local Employees are Female

NCRC/WorkKeys Targets*



Graphic Literacy
Production Helpers 3 3 3
Production Workers 3 3 4

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*In 2017 NCRC/WorkKeys test names were revised from the older titles of Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.