Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated for accuracy in conjunction with Manufacturing Day 2016. This blog post was written as part of Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.’s participation in Manufacturing Day 2015 and 2016.
If you haven’t thought of a manufacturing career as a top choice for your future, you’re not alone. Manufacturing is at once both critically important and misunderstood. It’s a career that requires skill, thought, and creativity, but has a hard time shedding the misperception that has plagued it for years.
The United States needs more manufacturing workers, but the misperception that these are dead-end jobs with back-breaking work has created issues with recruitment—especially in recent years. So, what’s the truth about the industry, and why is it a great option for your future?
Manufacturing careers are important
Put simply, the United States economy relies on this sector. There are 12.3 million jobs in manufacturing in the United States, supporting more than 18.5 million jobs in the United States. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill career to be taken lightly—it’s the foundation of economic stability and the ninth largest economy in the world.