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Employment of molders is expected to decline through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Molders are skilled artisans who are gradually being replaced by technicians who can set up and maintain automated mold making machinery. Those who are entering this field are mainly replacing workers who retire, transfer, or leave the occupation. Competition for available openings can be intense as positions are more likely to be filled by experienced workers who are already in the industry. In general, this is because of the continued trend toward labor-saving automated machine molding. Also improved productivity, advances in technology, and increased foreign competition are also reducing demand for molders. 

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