Many people really don’t even think about manufacturing as a career. Many times we might think of manufacturing jobs as something people who don’t have a degree get. Not that they are all uneducated, but when you think manufacturing compared to Business, it has different meanings and definitions.
Well, my brother worked as an Operations Manager, Trainer and in general human resources for years with Eli Lilly Corporation, but in the manufacturing end of the company. He wore a suit. Managed people. Had a nice office, but in a different area of the company. Sure many of you know this and experience it now, but did you know the level of careers in Manufacturing?
Well in my reading and research I came across in InDemand Magazine. It’s a little older version magazine that I ran across in a classroom this past school year, I like these mag’s because most of the time they’re around 2-3 years old, but the content is quite useful even now. But I add a little twist to it and try to add whatever new or more informative information 🙂
So upon reading through this magazine, it dedicated an issue to an industry I personally consider lost. An industry that many would not think of working in with a college education and degree. Many do think this way. All I’m doing here for you is providing you with a list of different jobs, titles and careers that you can consider in manufacturing. If you live in or near a primarily manufacturing area and that’s where you intend to try to work, this might be the direction for you. My town of Fort Wayne is heavy in manufacturing, and if I were younger looking for a career idea, and I wanted to stay in or near The Fort, I would consider these types of careers (below).
Here’s where you come in…
GO TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE SITES TO ENHANCE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND DEFINITION OF THESE JOBS. Don’t go anywhere else but BLS.GOV (of someone you personally or professionally know) if you want the most accurate information regarding careers and salaries, expected employment and anticipated growth. It has it all.
Now, I gathered these jobs through what I’ve learned and read about. Check them out and get back to me on your thoughts…there’s more below:
1. MACHINE OPERATOR 2. ROBOTICS OPERATOR 3. OPERATIONS MANAGER
4. ENGINEER 5. PHARMACEUTICAL PROCESS ENGINEER
6. PROCESS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER 7. PLASTICS FABRICATOR
8. ELECTROMECHANICAL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 9. HEALTH AND SAFETY ENGINEER
10. PROCESS CONTROL TECHNICIAN 11. FIXTURE DESIGNER
12. FOOD INSPECTOR 13. METAL FABRICATOR 14. MACHINE TOOL TESTER
**Remember to check out http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for accurate descriptions and future outlook.
The money side of things…
These days, and depending on geographic locations, these jobs and careers WILL vary and fluctuate based on that. This is just for informational purposes only so don’t quote me on these. But it’s a great indicator of what you might start with in your chosen career.
Avionics Technician $46,570
Chemical Engineer $78,030
CNC Machine Operator $43,320
Cost Estimator $50,870
Electrical Engineer $79,680
Equipment Technician $39,580
Environmental Engineer $70,830
Fabric and Apparel
Industrial Engineer $67,820
Machine Setter & Operator $27,790
Manufacturing Engineer $65,230
Material Mover $31,350
Mechanical Engineer $71,110
Metal Fabricator $31,260
(Metal and Plastic) $45,520
Petroleum Engineer $92,840
Plant Manager $109,090
Plastics Fabricator $31,260
Printing Machine Operator $32,300
Safety Technician $39,300
Semiconductor Engineer $90,000
Tool and Die Maker $44,620
SOURCE:U.S. DEPT. OF LABOR, BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
The jobs you would not think of…
1.Account Executive 2.Assembler 3.Biochemist 4.Book Binder
5.Buyer 6.CAD Operator 7.Chemist 8.Computer Programmer
9.CNC MACHINE OPERATOR 10.Contractor 11.Cost Estimator
12.Customer Support Specialist 13.Designer 14.Die Maker 15.Drafter
16.Electrical Engineer 17.Electrician 18.ELECTROMECHANICAL
19.EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 20.ENTREPRENEUR 21.Environmental Engineer
22.Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker 23.Facilities Manager 24.Fashion Designer
25.FIXTURE DESIGNER 26.Food Scientist 27.Graphic Designer
28.HEALTH AND SAFETY ENGINEER 29.HVAC Technician 30.INSPECTOR
31.Instrument Repairer 32.Inventor 33.Industrial Engineer
34.MACHINE OPERATOR 35.Machine Setter 36.MACHINE TOOL TESTEr
37.Manager 38.MANUFACTURING ENGINEER 39.Marketing Manager
40.Material Mover 41.Mechanical Engineer 42.METAL FABRICATOR
43.OPERATIONS MANAGER 44.Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician 45.Packaging Engineer
46.Packer 47.Painter 48.PHARMACEUTICAL PROCESS ENGINEER
49.Planner 50.Plant Manager 51.PLASTICS FABRICATOR
52.Precious Stone and Metal Worker 53.Print Operator
54.PROCESS CONTROL TECHNICIAN 55.PROCESS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
56.Quality Control Technician 56.Researcher 57.ROBOTICS OPERATOR
58.Sales Representative 59.Scheduler 60.Scientist 61.Semiconductor Engineer
62.Sewing Machine Operator 63.Shipping Clerk 64.Superintendent2 Supplier
65.Tool Maker 66.Welder 67.Woodworker
These days it takes pretty much any degree to move forward. That seems to be the essence of our liberty in this country. We are all chosen for some purpose in life and when it comes to career choices, what really works for you? Just because it might not be the exact environment or job you wanted, you will get there. It takes some work, passion and belief in yourself. If I can find it, you can find it.
Remember the best type of evidence as to what you really want to do, or will be good at is to see if for yourself. Talk to someone in that industry or job. Get a job or maybe an internship in the industry that allows you whatever exposure possible for you to make a decision. Now certainly this isn’t possible for everyone, but it is the best way for you to get information on jobs and careers. I can’t tell you how many times I ask students if they’ve considered working in the field f interest. Most of them have not even thought about that as a way to knowing if that’s what they want to do. Manufacturing might be this way.
Your Success is My Success,
Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.