Industry Research Guide – Manufacturing (1)

S&E - 27 Manufacturing Research Charts 1

By Jasen Williams  |  vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps  |

Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

What images pop into your mind when you hear the word “manufacturing”? Do you think of an automobile assembly line? A press stamping out metal parts? A welder joining two thick slabs of steel?

All of those images are right in the groove, but there is a lot more to the manufacturing industry than the production of components and assemblies made entirely or mostly of metal. The industry also includes the production of food and beverages; the manufacture and/or processing of textiles, paper, chemicals, plastics, and wood; and the manufacture of products made of those materials.

In this article, we list segments of the manufacturing industry as the federal government lists them. Also included are names and URL’s of associations of companies that do business in those segments. This feature is a great tool for veteran job seekers, because almost all of those websites have links to their member companies’ websites – and most of the member companies’ websites have “Careers“ or “Jobs” or “Employment Opportunities” lists.

Not official. The staff of Search & Employ® assigned the association names to the various charts. We did a considerable amount of research to compile the charts; but, as far as we know, the assignments do not reflect any official listing compiled by any government agency – or by the associations themselves.

We have made an effort to include associations in the Council of Manufacturing Associations of the National Association of Manufacturers. We have listed those associations in red. For a linked list of those associations, visit

The system of industry names and numbers we use is called the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, presents employment and production figures, etc. according to this system.

NAICS classifies all industries according to a six-digit code. There are two groups of industries: (1) Goods-Producing Industries and (2) Service-Providing Industries. Each group consists of coded Sectors. Manufacturing is in the first group and is designated Sector 31-33 – meaning that the first two digits of every code in that sector are either 3 and 1, 3 and 2, or 3 and 3. Manufacturing, considered as a Sector, has the code 310000.

A sector consists of sub-sectors, and each sub-sector is further divided, etc.; and with each division, another digit replaces a zero in the code. So, for example, 327000 is Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing, 327100 is Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing, 327120 is Clay Building Material and Refractories Manufacturing, and 327121 is Brick and Structural Clay Tile Manufacturing. For details, visit and click on “31-33 Manufacturing.”

Your search. Some of your searches will take a bit longer because of how the associations’ websites are built. Some sites do not have a single, linked list of members. Instead, you need to select a segment of the industry involved, then click to get a list of members that do business in that segment. By searching the segments one at a time, you will eventually find links to all of the members.

Other association sites have membership lists, but those lists are not linked. So you would have to cut and paste the company names into your search engine window one at a time.

Still other associations do not have membership lists, but do have links to affiliated state associations. And, in many cases, the state associations have linked lists to their members.

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers