When people think about jobs that are hot right now, chances are manufacturing isn’t at the top of the list. But the truth of the matter is, manufacturers are the creative builders that keep society on the cutting edge. They’re the jobs that are essentially the backbone of the nation, so much so that even the current president, Trump, is vowing to push for increase in this job field in the United States, which means manufacturing staffing is expected to grow.
What are manufacturing jobs?
The word “manufacture” means to invent or make using machinery. Machinery creates mass production of whatever’s being made, cutting down on any unnecessary steps or manpower. Therefore, with that concept in mind manufacturing jobs can be any job that falls under that category. Manufacturers make products out of components, which creates new products.
Types of Specific Manufacturing Jobs
With the understanding that manufacturing involves some sort of machinery, and creatively using components to create new products, manufacturers can include jewelers, bakers, tailors and sewers, welders, food processing operators, lab technicians, upholsterers, printing workers, and power plant operators. The list goes on.
Manufacturing Jobs Requires Skills
When it comes to staffing for manufacturing jobs, it isn’t just a matter of signing up available workers. It truly comes down to skillset.
Because of technology as it relates to machinery, as well as product supply and demand (locally and internationally), the manufacturing world is constantly changing and growing. This growth means more training for your typical manufacturer, no matter what industry they’re in.
According to a McKinsey report, the global demand for manufactured goods is expected to rise 70 percent by 2025. Currently, the United States provides 18.2 percent of the world’s goods, making it the largest manufacturing nation in the world.
These kinds of jobs are readily available because, again, they require special skills to know how to operate specific machinery. It’s been reported that there are currently over 600,000 jobs awaiting qualified workers in the manufacturing field. This means that by and large, most US manufacturing staffing agencies are looking for people right now!
The Manufacturing Industry Is Growing
According to a 2017 report from the consulting firm Headlight Data, the manufacturing industry has created about 500,000 new jobs in the last six years alone… and this number is expected to increase.
Here are some of the industries providing the most manufacturing jobs, according to Industry Week:
Major car plants, like Ford, General Motors, and Tesla are known for being forerunners in the car sphere, and then there’s companies such as Union Pacific in the rail sphere. The transportation industry has increased by 20 percent over the last five years.
Food and Beverage:
This sector includes companies such as Coca-Cola, Hershey Co., and Tyson. It has increased by 7 percent over the past five years (food) and 39 percent over the past five years (beverage).
This sector includes companies like AGCO Co., Xerox Corporation, Deere & Co., and Caterpillar Inc. It has seen a 5 percent increase over the past five years.
Is manufacturing staffing opportunities in the United States expected to increase in the years to come? Absolutely.