Career Information

Fluid power jobs are all around you. It is estimated that 744 companies in the United States employ more than 64,000 people in the manufacture of fluid power components, representing an annual payroll of more than $4.4 billion.

Career Opportunities in Fluid Power

Fluid power jobs are all around you if you know where to look. In addition to the numerous opportunities at companies that manufacture fluid power components, the industry also has a major downstream economic impact. It is estimated that the top industries that depend on fluid power represent thousands of companies in the United States, employing more than 845,000 people.

Learn more about the industries served by fluid power and the possible positions within them below.

Common Job Titles in Fluid Power

Sales Engineer

Salary: $101,420*
Job Outlook-2026: 80,100
Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Description: Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.

Manufacturing Sales Representative

Salary: $79,680*
Job Outlook-2026: 1,546,300
Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Description: Manufacturing sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.

Customer Service Representative

Salary: $33,750*
Job Outlook-2026: 2,920,800
Education: High School or on-the-job training

Description: Customer service representatives interact with customers to handle complaints, process orders, and provide information about an organization’s products and services.

Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Salary: $52,340*
Job Outlook-2026: 370,100
Education: Associate’s Degree

Description: Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment.

Mechanical Engineer

Salary: $87,370*
Job Outlook-2026: 314,100
Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Description: Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Machinist

Salary: $43,630*
Job Outlook-2026: 404,100
Education: High School or on-the-job training

Description: Machinists set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Salary: $56,250*
Job Outlook-2026: 48,400
Education: Associate’s Degree

Description: Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.

*Salaries represent median pay
Source: All statistics from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics