Manufacturing remains one of the cornerstones of the U.S. economy, and many manufacturers are struggling to find the dedicated professional workforce they need. If you’ve ever considered a career in manufacturing, here’s what you need to know.
What Do Manufacturing Workers Do?
Manufacturing is a highly diverse field that encompasses dozens or even hundreds of separate jobs. While most people in manufacturing work as team assemblers or machinists, others contribute to manufacturing work as quality control professionals, supervisors and purchasing agents.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for machinists will increase 6 to 10 percent in the next five years, and demand for other manufacturing positions is likely to keep pace.
What Qualifications Do I Need to Work in Manufacturing?
It’s possible to enter many jobs in manufacturing with only a high school diploma or equivalent certification. Many manufacturing jobs require workers to have experience using certain types of tools, as well.
On-the-job training, including workplace safety courses, are common and expected in every manufacturing position. It’s also possible to complete additional training in order to progress through a career in manufacturing. Many workers in this industry earn additional certifications throughout their career, in order to build their skill sets and add value to their work.
For example, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) provides a number of voluntary certifications for manufacturing professionals. While many employers do not require ASQ certifications, these certifications can make you stand out among other candidates for a job or promotion. Often, these certifications require the completion of high school or a GED, two years of experience, and a passing score on the certification exam.
Where Can I Learn More About Jobs in Manufacturing?
To find out more about manufacturing jobs, talk to a recruiter who specializes in placing manufacturing professionals. Your recruiter can help you determine whether you have the right credentials for manufacturing, which jobs are best suited for your talents, and which employers offer the workplace culture and support to help you perform your best work.
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