Snowboards, airplanes, cars, MP3 players, guitars, and medicine. All are very different with a common trait. They are produced by an American manufacturer. You can develop medicine that saves someone’s life, or build the newest model car, or create the instruments played at a concert. Not many people can say that of their job.
American manufacturing is about skills and knowledge: innovating, designing and making a product. It doesn’t have to require a four year degree and a mountain of debt to begin a career. It requires hard work, dedication, and an industry certification to open the door to well-paying career opportunities. A starting position can be attained with a high school diploma and short-term training. You may want to pursue additional educational taking two years or less. And, once established, you could continue your education in an engineering or business field with the possibility of tuition reimbursement paid by your employer.
You could have a career as a machinist, equipment maintenance technician, welder, or quality inspector and be making an average of 18% more than your friends. Did you know that the average annual compensation for manufacturing in the U.S. is $84,832 (2017)? Manufacturers have the highest combined salaries and benefits of any industry in the United States. For manufacturing occupations and salary ranges, click here.
Today’s manufacturing environments are clean, safe, and high tech. The old stereotype image of manufacturing is outdated. In fact, American manufacturing is the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country using computers, robots, 3D printing, and specialized materials. In Ohio, there are nearly 13,000 companies significantly contributing to our state’s economy. They provide great jobs and opportunities to advance into supervisory and management roles.
You owe it to yourself to learn more about the opportunities that manufacturing offers. Here is what you can do:
Check out www.mynextmove.org to take the career assessment and find the right path for you.
Watch a 30 minute panel discussion about manufacturing careers: