Manufacturing today is cutting edge and requires a high level of skill. Most of the products we use every day were produced, at least in part, by a manufacturer. Manufacturing is present in a wide array of industries utilizing different materials and techniques to play a key role in the products available today.
Just as broad as the industries touched by manufacturing are the careers within the field. Manufacturing requires workers in: engineering and technology, production, logistics and distribution, maintenance, installation and repair, business, management, and administration.
Most manufacturing programs have 100% job placement for students enrolled in a 1, 2 or 4 year manufacturing education program which provides a faster track to success.
A career in manufacturing provides endless opportunities and generally pays higher than similar jobs in other industries with salaries ranging from $35,000 to $60,000 per year.
90% of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.
There are numerous opportunities for advancement in manufacturing. Many manufacturers offer tuition reimbursement for employees to pursue a degree or certification, or to keep workers at the cutting edge of technological changes.
Manufacturing companies are thriving and in need of talent now and in the future.
Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States – about one in six private-sector jobs. More than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. (1)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that in November 2014, the average hourly earnings of all employees in manufacturing is $24.96 per hour with average weekly hours worked of 41.1 per week. The average hourly earnings of production and non-supervisory employees is $19.63 per hour with an average of 42.2 hours worked weekly. (2)
Manufacturers are seeking smart, hands-on learners who are interested in tinkering, building, and creating things and have an aptitude for math, science, and technology. If you are interested in computers, video games, engine repair, fixing things, or programming your cell phone, take a look at the variety of career options in manufacturing.
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1) Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), with an estimate of total employment supported by manufacturing calculated by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (2012).
2) Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag31-33.htm#workforce