Young people have many options after they graduate from high school, some may enroll in college, others may search for a job. Advanced manufacturing is resurging and there is a growing skills gap that companies need to fill with talented young people. Manufacturing can give your child an opportunity to embark on a career, not just a job.
Did you know that the average annual compensation, including benefits, for manufacturing in the U.S. is $84,832 (2017)? Today’s manufacturers--- nearly 13,000 manufacturers 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 to advanced technical positions to supervision and management. Acquiring technical skills, enthusiasm about applying school knowledge and skills to the real world projects, 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 child’s resume and be a first step on a career ladder. Click here for more info.
Career-technical centers and community colleges are delivering these certifications. 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, allowing them to further their education at less out-of-pocket expense.
American manufacturing is rebounding and provides a positive work environment 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.
Here is a practical guide for students and their families to better understand the many opportunities for manufacturing careers right here in Ohio.
For more information, head over to the Ohio Means Jobs website.