Employment Prospects


There are approximately 44,300 millwrights employed in the United States. Millwrights work in every state but are concentrated in highly industrial areas. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the states with the highest level of employment in this occupation are Texas, California, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Most millwrights are employed in industries that manufacture durable goods, such as automobiles, steel, and metal products, or in construction. Others work in plants that manufacture paper, chemicals, knit goods, and other items, or with utility companies. Manufacturers and retailers of industrial machinery often employ millwrights, usually under contract, to install machines for their customers. 

Starting Out

The usual entry method is through an apprenticeship. Most apprentices start out with unskilled or semiskilled work in a plant or factory. As they gain experience and job openings become available, they move into positions requiring more skilled labor. Openings are generally filled according to experience and seniority.

Advancement Prospects

Most advancement for millwrights comes in the form of higher wages. With the proper training, skill, and seniority, however, workers can move to supervisory positions or work as trainers for apprentices. Others may choose to become self-employed contractors.

Tips for Entry

Read Constructor ( to learn more about the field.

Join a school or community group that focuses on construction or DIY projects, which can help you gain experience in using tools.

Arrange an informational visit to a local facility or company that employs millwrights to see firsthand what they do.