Manufacturing Job Growth Projections

Manufacturing Job Growth Projections

The Manufacturing Industry is an integral part of the US economy and, after suffering a loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, data on manufacturing job growth projections suggest that this industry is fighting hard to bounce back.

According to data, ‘around 1.4 million US manufacturing jobs were lost during the pandemic. However, the industry has largely recovered those lost jobs and is now urgently seeking more workers.’

The challenge the industry now faces is a large skills gap. Research indicates that ‘the manufacturing skills gap in the US could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2023’ but manufacturers report ‘that finding the right talent level is now 36% harder than it was in 2018, even though the unemployment rate has nearly doubled the supply of available workers.’

While this may be a significant challenge for the industry to rise to, there are positive aspects. It means that there are thousands of jobs available for those passionate about a career in manufacturing, and plenty of training opportunities on the cards for existing talent.

But what will drive the manufacturing industry’s comeback? And how can you play a part in its revival?


Reviving the Manufacturing Industry

According to Deloitte, two factors will help the manufacturing industry thrive once more in the coming years: technology and talent.


The manufacturing industry is investing in a range of emerging technologies, designed to help digitalise processes and mitigate risk. Of course, with more and more advanced technology being used, there is a need for skilled personnel to work alongside it. This opens up a range of opportunities and it is hoped that it will encourage an influx of modern manufacturers.


Of course, talent is at the heart of the manufacturing industry which means companies are willing to invest more in existing talent. Partly to avoid voluntary exits, further training opportunities will also allow skilled workers to progress through the ranks and develop an incredibly fruitful manufacturing career for themselves. The more the industry invests in talent, the more that talent will give back.


Your Manufacturing Role

If you’re passionate about playing a part in building back the Manufacturing industry, there are plenty of career pathways to choose from. For example, you may find yourself fulfilling a role in the following sectors:

  • Production – from Production Supervisors to Precision Machinists, a role in production will see you managing hands-on tasks in creating and assembling goods.
  • Production Process Development – if you have an eye for design and a passion for precision, roles such as Industrial Designer, Engineering Technician or Research Analyst could be perfect for you.
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair – on the other end of the scale, roles in this area monitor and manage the running of machinery and production. Roles like System Setup Specialist or Manufacturing Repair Technician may suit your skills if you’re looking for a role in this area.


Manufacturing Roles with Mackinnon & Partners

Wherever your manufacturing passions lie, there will be a role out there for you. To help kickstart your manufacturing career, please get in touch with the Mackinnon & Partners recruitment team.

Jack Miller

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