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Manufacturing are Technology Jobs

Digital manufacturing is creating an abundance of new high-tech, well-paying jobs for workers. Manufacturing are Technology Jobs.

These new roles, sometimes referred to as “new collar” or “skilled technical” jobs, require technical skills and training, and power the digital manufacturing revolution. Think robots, cobots, and automated production.

Technicians of all types are in high demand, as well as analysts and specialists. And workers in these ‘new collar’ roles can earn excellent, family-supporting wages; between $55,000 and $80,000 a year, depending on location. Manufacturing are Technology Jobs.

Here are digital manufacturing jobs that will be in high demand

1. Electrical technicians
2. Manufacturing technicians
3. Automation technicians
4. Field service technicians
5. Robotics technicians

A model-based approach to engineering, design and production

6. Process Analysts
7.  Process Technicians
8.  Process Modelers
9.  Testing and Validation Specialists
10. Prototype Specialists
11. Automation and Robotic oriented CNC Setup and Programming Operators

Cybersecurity skills are in high demand. And global instability and overseas hackers are fueling the need for more cybersecurity experts.

An estimated 597,000 cybersecurity jobs are open right now, according to, and cyber salaries can reach into the six figures.

12. Cyber Systems Operator
13. IT/OT Compliance Auditor
14. Cyber-Physical Asset Controller
15. Business impact analyst
16. Industrial Control Systems Analyst
17. Autonomous Remote Plant Operator
18. Industrial Process Automation Support Specialist
19. Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Support Specialist
20. Penetration (“Pen”) Tester/Ethical Hacker
21. Industrial Process Automation Support Specialist
22. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Analyst

High-paying cybersecurity jobs traditionally required a four-year degree, Kowalski said, but employers increasingly are becoming more open to associates’ degrees — or even candidates with experience and certifications.

More manufacturers are also investing in upskilling

There’s a recognition among manufacturers that they can’t keep getting the talent they need from the market. They’re going to have to build from the talent pool they have. Or they’re going to have to join forces with a community college or an organization like MxD to build the pipeline they are looking for.

With support from the Siemens Foundation, MxD recently launched a training program with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County called Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Operational Technology. The CyMOT program takes 30 hours to complete, and participants get a certification in Manufacturing Cyber Systems Operation.

“Our partnership with MxD to build a comprehensive workforce strategy for cybersecurity in manufacturing is more important than ever for industry and for workers,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “We’re excited about the work they’re doing with UMBC to open this opportunity up to more and more students across the country, whose skills will help secure U.S. digital manufacturing and their own economic prosperity.”

The future of how we work

The future of how we work in the manufacturing industry is already changing and with the latest projections on the skilled labor gap still trailing far behind, it’s refreshing to see non profit organizations like FIRST and SME stepping up and collaborating to develop their own short term training certificate in order to expedite this gap.

Through this collaboration, FIRST and SME have successfully created the first “𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐬” certificate in order to assess a candidate’s comprehension of fundamental robotics concepts and identify opportunities for individuals interested in up-skilling or re-skilling their careers.

What’s even more exciting is that this certificate is also recognized industry wide and with an industry expected to grow into a $74B market by 2026 (in four years), this could very well add another exciting solution to companies that are already struggling with introducing industry 4.0 technology into their day-to-day operations by giving them pathways to re-skill their existing workforce.

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