Offshoring, steady decline, shortage, often times, these are the words we hear when people discuss manufacturing jobs in the US. It can be discouraging to hear that an industry that served as the backbone of our country is being overrun by technological advancements and a rise in low-skilled in other countries. If I told you that these were alternative facts and you really have nothing to fear if you are seeking a career in manufacturing, would you believe me?
Whether you are a seasoned manufacturing professional or a newcomer to the industry looking to make an impact, I'm here to tell you that manufacturing isn't dead! You don't have to take my word for it, check out these 5 facts that you should know about the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing Is Not Dead, it's...
Fact 1: On the Cutting Edge!
Manufacturers in the United States perform more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development (R&D) in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector. In recent data from the National Association of Manufacturers, pharmaceuticals accounted for nearly one-third of all manufacturing R&D, spending $74.9 billion in 2014. Aerospace, chemicals, computers, electronics and motor vehicles and parts were also significant contributors to R&D spending in that year. What are you waiting for? Aren't you ready to be a part of an industry that is on the cutting edge? Find out how you can get started in manufacturing here!
Fact 2: Providing Opportunities for Advancement!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 12.3 million manufacturing workers in the United States. Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. You can step in and fill these positions! With skills shortages on the rise, once you have your foot in the door of the manufacturing sector there are many opportunities to advance and grow. Find your opportunity here!
Fact 3: Helping Feed Families!
As of 2014, the average wage of someone in manufacturing was $77,000 a year. In 2015, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $81,289 annually, including pay and benefits. The next time you hear someone say manufacturing is on the decline, remember that they aren't talking about the pay. Manufacturing and production professionals today are highly skilled employees in a sector where time is money. If you are seeking a competitive paying career in manufacturing, look no further! MAU has numerous opportunities listed here!
Fact 4: Feeding Our Economy!
Manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2015. Since the second quarter of 2009, value-added output from durable goods manufacturing grew from $0.87 trillion to $1.18 trillion, with nondurable goods output up from $0.85 trillion to $0.99 trillion according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy.
Fact 5: Creating Jobs Around the World!
In addition to being on the cutting edge, providing opportunities for advancement, helping feed families and our economy, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. That means manufacturing is not only creating tangible goods, but also creating jobs for people in other sectors according to National Association of Manufacturers. If you are looking to snag one of the many jobs manufacturing helps create check out what MAU has to offer here!
To succeed in manufacturing, you'll need technical skills, attention to detail, and the creativity to improve processes. Now that you have these five awesome facts, you'll also be able to informatively respond to the next person you hear that is trying to convince you that manufacturing is on the decline in the US. Get your start in manufacturing or grow in your career with MAU.
Together, we can show everyone that
MANUFACTURING IS NOT DEAD!