You know students need guidance in assessing their abilities, exploring careers that match to their talents, and preparing for their choices. Manufacturing is often overlooked as a solid career even though Americans understand its vital importance to their communities. There is a serious skills gap in manufacturing where good paying jobs are going unfilled. With your support and our assistance, we can spread the news about today's manufacturers and their need for the next generation of talent.
Dream It. Do It. provides information to guide young people on a pathway to success that reflects the changing and growing employment opportunities in advanced manufacturing. By addressing the skills gap, America will remain strong and manufacturing will continue to be the most vital segment of the U.S. economy.
Did you know that the average annual compensation, including benefits, for manufacturing in the U.S. is $84,832 (2017)? Today's manufacturers---and there are nearly 13,000 in Ohio--- need people who have a strong work ethic, who are hands-on, and enjoy working in technical environments where products are innovated, designed and made. For manufacturing occupations and salary ranges, click here
Young people can access a career pathway taking them from production professional positions to supervision to management. Acquiring technical skills, working with your hands, and strong interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math) in middle and high school are the best ways to prepare for advanced manufacturing careers. There are many skilled jobs that require a short-term industry-recognized technical certificate that will add value to your students' resume and get them started on a career path. Some colleges are integrating certifications into associate degrees for those pursuing higher education. Once employed, an individual may work for a company with a tuition reimbursement benefit program.
American manufacturing is rebounding and provides career opportunities with good pay and benefits. Today's manufacturing facilities are modern, safe and high tech. Facilities are well-lit and ventilated, warm in the winter and comfortable in the summer. You will see computerized equipment including robotics, 3-D printers, automated and high-tech functionality.
Meet young professionals working in advanced manufacturing: