Manufacturing jobs hiring now

Now may actually be the best time of year to find excellent manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturing jobs hiring now

Now may be a great time to get a manufacturing job.

Manufacturing has always been a great place to kick-start your career, especially if you don't have a four-year degree. What you probably don't know is that a lot of manufacturers make big end-of-year hiring pushes. So, this is actually a great time of year to find a seasonal manufacturing job that could lead to a permanent gig. According to Greg Dyer, President Commercial Staffing, Randstad, “this holiday season will see increased hiring in a wide variety of job types, with a majority in light industrial and warehouse support.” 

“Some of these positions may offer seasonal roles ranging in length from three to five months on average,” says Dyer, “with hourly rates in the range of $11 to $18.” To make it easier for you to find the right job, Monster identified four manufacturing positions hiring now. And then using stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we highlighted the job duties and key search terms so you can get your job search started right away.


What you'd do: Pickers and packers are the order-takers of the warehouse crew. You'd fill orders by moving through the warehouse shelves, pulling items in order to fulfill a specific list. Pickers and packers are usually measured by the percentage of line items they correctly pick.

What you'd need: This position requires a sense of order and organization, strong attention to detail, and a familiarity with the manufacturer’s products. A high school diploma or GED may be required by some employers, but prior experience in a similar role can also be helpful.

Key search terms: order filler, order packer, order picker, order puller, sorter

Find picker/packer jobs on Monster.


What you'd do: If you're a tinkerer or builder, this could be a great fit. As an assembler, you'd solder, glue, combine, or fabricate parts of a product before passing it along the assembly line where other assemblers complete the process. In this role, you'd be measured by the number of items you produce or assemble correctly within a given period of time.

What you'd need: In addition to a high school diploma or GED, prior experience in a similar role is useful. Speed, accuracy, and even some quick fingers are needed for this job.

Key search terms: circuit board assembler, electro mechanical assembler, electronic assembler, fabricator, line worker, mechanical assembler, parts assembler, solderer

Find assembler jobs on Monster.

Forklift operator

What you'd do: Forklift operators have a wide range of responsibilities, including storing finished goods, weighing or tagging products, and inspecting and maintaining forklifts. You may be required to use productivity tracking software and complete bills of lading for goods being shipped.

What you'd need: While a high school diploma or GED may be required by some employers, others may require certification. Prior experience is often a plus.

Key search terms: clamp lift operator, material handler, motorized pallet jack operator, pull lift operator, reach operator, slip sheet operator, stand-up operator, sit-down operator

Find forklift operator jobs on Monster.

Production supervisor

What you'd do: Are you ready to move into a managerial role? Production supervisors oversee the daily operations of manufacturing, including coordinating, planning, and directing the creation of goods. In this high-level position, you'd ensure that your teams hit specific quotas, deadlines, and quality standards. As a supervisor, you'd be measured based on financial and productivity factors for your department.

What you'd need: For a manager position, an associate degree may be required by some employers, or two to five years of related work experience with a track record of proven success may be sufficient.

Key search terms: line supervisor, operations supervisor, shift supervisor

Find production supervisor jobs on Monster.

Job search next steps

Your skills and work ethic are in high demand, but the key to finding a new job is getting noticed by hiring managers. Could you use some help with that? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of manufacturing jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can sign up for job alerts, so you're notified when new positions become available. That way, you can be among the first to apply.