Manufacturing Careers

Manufacturing Careers Overview

Manufacturing Careers Overview

Manufacturing careers can be found in many industries from food to textiles to equipment, furniture, electronics and more. The duties of manufacturing jobs are varied, too, with some people assembling goods, some painting, upholstering or otherwise covering merchandise and others involved in quality control, inspecting products for flaws and making sure the goods meet set standards.

Manufacturing Education

Typically a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for most types of manufacturing jobs. Much of the knowledge and skills needed is learned on the job. Training lasts anywhere from one month up to two years, depending on the type of work being done. Tool and die makers and machinists require the most training because of the expertise needed. Vocational schools and technical colleges offer certification programs that provide the training. Machinists and tool and die makers then go on to serve apprenticeships before they're considered fully trained.

Manufacturing Job Market

Although there is an ongoing need for manufactured goods, manufacturing careers are on the decline. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) details a projected deceleration in manufacturing jobs over the next few years, citing automation and importing goods as the major causes for job loss in the manufacturing industry. That's not to say that there won't be any growth in manufacturing, as some manufacturing sectors are expected to have more job growth than others. On the average, manufacturing jobs are expected to grow by only four percent by 2022, with machinist jobs and quality control inspectors increasing six to seven percent.

Manufacturing Salaries

Manufacturing careers pay fairly well, considering they don't require extensive education. Different types of manufacturing jobs pay more, some pay less, but on the average the annual income is between $28,580 and $39,500 for full-time work. Quality control inspectors fall somewhere in the middle with a median hourly wage of $16.57, according to the BLS. Working full-time hours that works out to $34,465 per year.

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