8 Jobs in Manufacturing Students Need to Know About

A recent report by CNBC has shown a decline in job growth in the manufacturing industry. According to the report, 46,000 jobs were created in manufacturing in 2019 compared to 264,000 jobs created in 2018.

The industry hasn’t been struggling to produce job opportunities for those in the manufacturing industry. Employers have struggled to find new employees to fill their positions. Their were 477,000 positions open as of October, according to the CNBC article.

Here are 8 potential positions looking to be filled by employers in the manufacturing industry including there average salary and position requirements.

Robotics Technicians

$40,000 to $60,000

Robotics technicians maintain robotics for a company. They are also responsible for building, testing and repairing the equipment. Most technician jobs require some of a college education, but a high school diploma or GED is required.

Highest paying state:

  1. Alaska
  2. Georgia
  3. Washington
  4. Kansas
  5. Idaho
  6. South Carolina
  7. Iowa

Lowest paying states:

  1. Florida
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Indiana
  4. New Jersey
  5. Tennessee
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Hawaii

Mechatronics Engineers

$64,000 to $96,000

Mechatronics engineers convert the process of transferring materials and products. They identify areas in the manufacturing process that could be automated or redesigned to benefit the company. A bachelor’s degree is required for this position.

Highest paying states:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Alabama
  3. California
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Virginia
  7. New Mexico

Lowest paying states:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Arkansas
  4. North Dakota
  5. Montana
  6. Iowa
  7. Wyoming

Programmers

$56,000 – $84,000

Computer programmers work with companies to develop software and fill other needs they may need. They may work in security or to debug code issues within a companies machines.

Highest paying states:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Washington
  3. California
  4. New Jersey
  5. Vermont
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Texas

Lowest paying states:

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. South Dakota
  5. West Virginia
  6. Idaho
  7. Mississippi

Assembler

$16,000 to $24,000

Team assemblers work to assemble a component of a product on an assembly line. They don’t specialize in a specific task and usually rotate between tasks. A high school degree or GED is usually required for this position.

Highest paying states:

  1. Alabama
  2. Indiana
  3. Michigan
  4. Washington
  5. Tennessee
  6. South Carolina
  7. Iowa

Lowest paying states:

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Guam
  3. South Dakota
  4. Rhode Island
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Texas
  7. New Mexico

Welders

$24,000 to $36,000

Welders use equipment to join metal components and seal objects. They may also be called cutters or welder fitters. A high school degree or GED is often required. Some companies may require a welding certificate as well.

Highest paying states:

  1. Alaska
  2. Hawaii
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Wyoming
  5. Virgin Islands
  6. Washington
  7. Delaware

Lowest paying states:

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Guam
  3. South Dakota
  4. Idaho
  5. Georgia
  6. Nebraska
  7. Arkansas

Machinist

$24,000 to $36,000

A machinist will test and install tools and machines for companies. Vocation schooling or related experience is required for this position. This is a dangerous profession that often requires the use of power tools.

Highest paying states:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Hawaii
  3. Washington
  4. Maryland
  5. Alaska
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New Jersey

Lowest paying states:

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. South Dakota
  3. West Virginia
  4. Nebraska
  5. Arkansas
  6. Iowa
  7. Oklahoma

Production Manager

$72,000 to $108,000

Companies hire industrial production managers to oversee operations to ensure that products meet quality and safety specifications. They organize tasks for employees and manage resources needed to make the products. Production managers often require vocational training and an associate’s degree.

Highest paying states:

  1. Texas
  2. New Jersey
  3. Delaware
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Washington
  6. New York
  7. Puerto Rico

Lowest paying states:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Montana
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kansas
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Mississippi
  7. Arkansas

Hand Cutters and Trimmers

$16,000 to $24,000

Being a hand cutter or trimmer is a high risk position due to the use of sharp tools. Most companies will use tools to cut a variety of materials for their industries needs. Most companies require a high school degree or its equivalent.

Highest paying states:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Vermont
  4. Kentucky
  5. Illinois
  6. New York
  7. Maryland

Lowest paying states:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Idaho
  4. West Verginia
  5. Utah
  6. Maine
  7. Texas

Source: recruiter.com

Andrew Lenzo

Andrew Lenzo

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