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.
We all know that keeping jobs in the United States is important. It’s important because every $1 spent on manufacturing adds $1.40 to the economy, and manufacturing comprises nearly 12 percent of our GDP. However, over the next decade, only 40 percent of needed manufacturing jobs are expected to be filled. When you choose the manufacturing sector as a career path, you can be proud to know that you’re providing much-needed skills and are part of growing the economy.
Opportunities are diverse
What do you think a career in the manufacturing industry entails? If you said anything from assembly and fabrication to computer programming and sales, you’re right. Some manufacturing jobs require certifications and some require degrees, but all are equally important to the sector.
Whether you want a hands-on job in manufacturing or are interested in the behind-the-scenes logistics, there’s an opportunity for you. In addition, opportunities within the manufacturing sectors are vast—your specific industry knowledge can help you pursue many possibilities.
High living standards
In 2014, the average manufacturing worker earned around $79,000 annually, including pay and benefits. That pay is $15,000 more than the average of all industries.
Some manufacturing jobs are particularly conducive to beginning your career with little to no debt. Welding, fabrication, assembly, machinists, and more can train for their skillsets without spending tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars getting a bachelor’s degree, and they enter their careers with a substantial living wage.
Not just a job
Manufacturing isn’t just another job--it’s a career with great potential. Working with high-technology equipment, being a part of an important industry, and entering into your field with opportunity instead of debt are a few benefits of choosing this sector. Value to the economy and value to people are the cornerstones of a manufacturing career.
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About the Author
Chris Glenn is Hytrol Conveyor Company’s Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for all logistics operations of the company.