Your Research Guide to a Career in Manufacturing
By Jasen Williams, vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps
I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about job opportunities in manufacturing.
The National Association of Manufacturers has a wealth of information. For information on job openings, you can access thousands of company websites via a list of more than 225 industry associations than are in that organization’s Council of Manufacturing Associations. The listings are linked to the sites of the member associations. Most of those sites contain links to the manufacturing companies that are members of the associations. And most of the company websites contain “jobs” or “careers” pages.
EMPLOYMENT / OUTPUT TABLE
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, has published projections on employment and output for the Manufacturing sector of the economy for the years from 2012 through 2022.
The Manufacturing sector includes 21 subsectors: and, on an “Industries at a Glance” page for each subsector, the BLS describes the nature of the subsector; provides workforce statistics – employment and layoffs, extended mass layoffs, employment by occupation, projections, earnings, and earnings by occupation – presents data on work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses; provides industry-specific pricing information; and discusses workplace trends in terms of numbers of establishments and productivity.
Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook has chapters on production occupations,
including assemblers and fabricators; bakers; food and tobacco processing workers; machinists and tool and die makers; metal and plastic machine workers; painting and coating workers; printing workers; quality control inspectors; semiconductor processors; slaughterers, meat packers, and meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers; welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers; and woodworkers. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, work environment, how to qualify for the occupation, pay, job outlook, and similar occupations.
To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in manufacturing, I suggest that you read magazines and view media websites on the subject. Most of the magazines are available both in print and online. In the listings below, the name of the publisher follows the name of the magazine or site.
Assembly Magazine BNP Media
Automation World PMMI Media Group
Automotive Industries Automotive Industries Ltd.
Beverage Industry BNP Media
Chemical Processing Putman Media, Inc.
Flow Control Grand View Media Group
Food Manufacturing Advantage Business Media
Food Processing Putman Media, Inc.
Hydrocarbon Processing Gulf Publishing Company
Industrial Heating BNP Media
Industry Week Penton Media, Inc.
Manufacturing Business Technology Advantage Business Media
Manufacturing Engineering Society of ManufacturingEngineers
Manufacturing Global White Digital Media
Manufacturing Today Phoenix Media Corporation
Manufacturing.net Advantage Business Media
MetalForming Magazine Precision Metalforming Association
Packaging Digest UBM Canon
Paper, Film & Foil Converter YTC Media Inc.
PaperAge O’Brien Communications, Inc.
Petfood Industry WATT Global Media
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Putman Media, Inc.
Plastics News Crain Communications, Inc.
Printing Impressions NAPCO Media
Processing Grand View Media Group
[Quality Magazine] (http://www.qualitymag.com) BNP Media
Reliable Plant Noria Corporation
Textile World Billian Publishing, Inc.
The Fabricator FMA Communications, Inc.
Woodworking Network Vance Publishing Corporation
By Jasen Williams