Each year, on the first Friday in October, industries, businesses, and schools come together to celebrate Manufacturing Day. Supported by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the day gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors to address common misconceptions about manufacturing, connect with future generations about careers in the field, and educate the public about the importance of the industry. If you’re looking for a job, consider a career in manufacturing.
Why should I work in manufacturing?
In the United States, manufacturing supports more than 18.5 million jobs and comprises nearly 12% of the nation’s gross domestic product. Manufacturing is an important and significant part of our economy, and stretches across a variety of industries—from food to furniture to electronics and more. Many manufacturing jobs don’t require a lot of years of schooling; individuals can typically find on-the-job training or attend a one or two-year vocational or technical school. Considering that they don’t require an extensive education, careers in manufacturing typically pay well.
What exactly is a manufacturing job?
A manufacturing job is one where you create a new product out of different materials or components. Typically, you find these jobs at factories, warehouses, or plants. If you’re interested in working in manufacturing, you might look for a job as an assembler, quality control, machinist, power plant operator, welder, etc. For more information about specific job descriptions, education requirements and median pay for manufacturing positions, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s website.
What if I can’t decide if I’d like to work in manufacturing?
Deciding on the job that’s right for you can be tough. Do you enjoy making things? Are you good with your hands? You might enjoy a career in manufacturing. Think about your hobbies and what you like to do when you’re considering what type of job you’d like. If you’re still not sure, try working a temp job. Temporary positions allow you to try out different positions and companies before you commit to your decision. Penmac offers numerous temp opportunities in manufacturing, as well as temp-to-hire and permanent positions if you decide it’s the one for you!
The team at Penmac feels privileged to work with many different manufacturing employers and their hardworking employees. Happy Manufacturing Day!