What Jobs are in Manufacturing?

What Jobs are in Manufacturing?

Jobs in the Manufacturing Industry are varied and exciting, with these sought-after roles offering a range of benefits. From career progression opportunities to benefits like higher-than-average salaries and job security, this industry is fast becoming an incredibly popular career choice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘over 12.7 million US workers were employed in manufacturing in 2022.’ This upward trend has continued in 2023, with ’19,000 jobs being added’ in January alone.

If you have a passion for innovation, design and production, a role in manufacturing could be a perfect fit for you.

But what jobs are in manufacturing? And how can you find a role that matches your skills and passions?


Job Opportunities in Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is vast, meaning its sectors and specific job roles span all sorts of areas and interests. Some of the largest sectors within the manufacturing industry include:

  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Renewable Energy
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Electronics and Technology
  • Food and Beverage
  • Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals

Within each of these industries is a range of exciting roles. From being hands-on in production lines to overseeing projects and supply chains, the variety is second to none. Let’s explore…


Explore Manufacturing Job Options


Production and Assembly

If you’re looking for a hands-on manufacturing role, Production and Assembly provides just that. You’ll play an integral role in the creation of products, operating machinery and handling materials to bring innovative designs to life.


Quality Control

If you’ve got a keen eye for detail and a passion for precision, Quality Control could be the job for you. This important role ensures all products meet stringent standards and guidelines. Examining products will make up a large proportion of your role and you’ll quickly become an expert in identifying and rectifying issues.

Manufacturing Engineers

Natural problem solvers will excel in a Manufacturing Engineer role. You’ll focus on designing and improving manufacturing processes for optimum efficiency. You will aim to ensure production lines run smoothly and products are created and distributed effectively, and on time.


Research and Development Engineers

Research and Development Engineers sit at the other end of the scale, focusing mainly on the innovation of new products. Your love for the industry and passion for creating will mean you’ll strive to stay ahead of the curve, constantly coming up with new ideas to improve products and processes alike.


Sales Representatives

An integral but often forgotten side of manufacturing. Sales representatives are an important part of the manufacturing process, working to build relationships with clients, distributors, and retailers. You’ll ensure that products are successfully finding their way to those who need them.


These are just a few examples of roles you may come across in the Manufacturing Industry when looking for your next job, but there are plenty more to choose from.


Finding Your Perfect Manufacturing Role

Here at Mackinnon & Partners, we specialise in placing individuals in Manufacturing roles that match their skills, passions and ambitions. Whether you’re going in at entry level or have already progressed up the Manufacturing career ladder and are looking for your next senior role, we can help.

For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Manufacturing Recruitment Team.



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