Innovate. Design. Make. Manufacturing Careers in Ohio


What's Your Passion?Information and Links for Students

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.

Innovate. Design. Make.

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.

Higher than Average Compensation.

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.


Technology is Everywhere

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  The old stereotype image of manufacturing is outdated.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.

Want to Learn More?

You owe it to yourself to learn more about the opportunities that manufacturing offers. Here is what you can do:

Check out to take the career assessment and find the right path for you.

  • Ask your teachers and guidance counselor about a tour of a local manufacturing firm.
  • Participate in your local SkillsUSA or FIRST Robotics competitions.
  • Study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and enroll in career-technical programs.
  • Participiate in events during Ohio's October Manufacturing Month.
  • Check out the industry-recognized technical certificates here.
  • Visit the Ohio Means Jobs website here.
  • Student career exploration here.

Watch a 30 minute panel discussion about manufacturing careers:


Left Video: Great Job! Prosthetist

Right Video: Great Job! Machinist