Manufacturing Jobs in the American Economy
Once, a manufacturing job meant low wages, poor benefits, and a dirty shop floor. Now, nothing could be further from the truth.
America is investing in manufacturing jobs, and why shouldn’t it? These jobs provide excellent pay and benefits—plus the opportunity to grow a career that will include opportunities in industries that are important for our economy.
The skills that are needed for manufacturing jobs are no longer learned through only through apprenticeships (although these are still very important). In-depth classes are required, as are certifications to ensure that our manufacturing workforce is ready to take on the challenges of a more technical society. In fact, many workers have at least a two-year degree from a technical school, which makes them highly sought after by employers.
Where Manufacturing Jobs Are Needed
- Energy Sector: Electrical, nuclear, and natural gas and oil companies are always searching for qualified workers who can fill positions to work in highly technical areas. There is a concentrated effort among many in the United States to end our country’s dependence on foreign oil, and as we continue to map out new energy sources, there are also tens of thousands of jobs available in this field. These workers must have the skills to operate and maintain expensive machinery. Additionally, computers are now a major part of the manufacturing industry and qualified workers are needed who understand how to program, maintain, and use them.
- Aerospace: In a highly regulated industry like aerospace, companies are seeking skilled workers to produce airplane parts for both commercial companies and the military. These jobs employ computers that use 3D graphics to show parts that are then created by workers with computer, machining, and wielding knowledge. Since these parts must be produced to the millimeter to ensure proper usage, this is a highly technical—and important—skillset.
- Automobile and More: Of course, Detroit has been the center of automobile production in our country for a long time. However, not too far away is another Michigan area that’s known as “automation alley.” It concentrates on highly technical processes to produce vehicle and other parts. This area is also becoming popular for those with manufacturing experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas.
Manufacturing jobs are one of the “new” career paths that require certified, experienced workers. If you’re interested in building a new skillset or increasing your knowledge in the manufacturing industry, contact PMI today. We train workers for every manufacturing business.