While many manufacturing jobs are being outsourced overseas, the manufacturing industry is still seeking skilled employees in the United States. The automotive, retail, food, cosmetic, textile, paper, and technology sectors are just a few in which manufacturing positions need to be filled. Manufacturing jobs are located in factories, plants, and mills, but also in the laboratory, where research and development happens. Plants make big news when they announce new facilities in small towns and large cities, all of which opens more opportunity for entry-level, managerial, and executive positions in the world of manufacturing.
Sample manufacturing jobs and salaries (according to May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics data) include:
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers: Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. These manufacturing workers may use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment. Median annual salary: $34,040.
Machinists: Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Precision instrument makers may also fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments or fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. Median annual salary: $39,220.
Production worker helpers: Assist production workers by performing low-skill duties such as supplying or holding materials or tools and cleaning work area and equipment. Median annual salary: $22,520.
Purchasing agents: Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment, and purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Median annual salary: $57,580.
Team assemblers: Work as part of a team that has responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. Team assemblers can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotate through all or most of them rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis. Team assemblers may also be team leaders who work as part of the team and participate in making management decisions affecting the job. Median annual salary: $27,490.
Become an AVON Sales Representative - Consider a Career Change or just complement your current career.
Astrum Solar – Hopkinton, MA
This is a full-time position with Astrum Solar. As such, the role has a competitive base salary, bonus program linked to performance, employee stock options,...
Northwest Insurance Brokers – Chicago, IL
Insurance Sales Associate needed at Northwest Insurance Brokers, downtown Chicago. No insurance experience required.
Red Rock Financial Group – Tucson, AZ
Red Rock Financial Group, Inc. is growing and we have immediate career opportunities available for licensed producers and regional managers that have a...
Revolve Solar – Vacaville, CA
Revolve Solar is a smart, dynamic, fast-paced and open-minded group committed to speeding the evolution of solar energy in our communities. The team brings a...
| Sales Support Engineer
Multisorb Technologies – Buffalo, NY
Responsible for supporting BDL’s in obtaining service contracts including relationship management through phone campaign and travel....
| Facility Maintenance Manager - Rocky Mount, NC
The Cheesecake Factory – Rocky Mount, NC
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated is a Fortune 1000 company and was named one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013....
| Production Supervisor-Willmar, MN
Jennie-O – Willmar, MN
Ensure proper sanitation procedures are followed and that all employees follow Good Manufacturing Practices....
| Operator Manufacturing (Bakersfield)
NuSil Technology LLC – Bakersfield, CA
The Operator Manufacturing produces specialty silicone products using large-scale manufacturing equipment according to specific guidelines;...
| Manufacturing Engieer
Tenneco Inc. – Jeffersonville, IN
Minimum 5 years manufacturing engineering experience. Knowledge of manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly processes....