Industry Research Guide – Manufacturing (2)

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

Published in the July/August 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®  | 

RecruitMilitary encourages job seekers to use this guide to learn about the Manufacturing sector of the economy and job opportunities in that sector. You can easily access each URL below through our Search & Employ® online PDF, which is an exact duplicate of the print magazine, and contains live links. You can access the PDF of this issue – and previous issues back to September/October 2008 – at

The National Association of Manufacturers has a wealth of information at its site, 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.

That list is linked to the associations’ sites. 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. To access the list of associations, start at, then navigate: Get Involved  >  Council of Manufacturing Associations  >  Council of Manufacturing Associations Member Sites.

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 2010 through 2020; visit That 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. The subsectors and the URL’s of their pages are:

1.   Food Manufacturing:
2.   Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
3.   Textile Mills
4.   Textile Product Mills
5.   Apparel Manufacturing
6.   Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
7.   Wood Product Manufacturing
8.   Paper Manufacturing
9.   Printing and Related Support Activities
10. Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
11. Chemical Manufacturing
12. Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
13. Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
14. Primary Metal Manufacturing
15. Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
16. Machinery Manufacturing
17. Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
18. Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing                      
19. Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
20. Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
21. Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, has 17 chapters on Production Occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, work environment, how to qualify for the occupation, pay, job outlook, and similar occupations. The URL’s of their pages are:


Sources of news about manufacturing include Industry Week magazine:, which is published by Penton Media, Inc. (

Advantage Business Media ( maintains the following manufacturing news sites:
Food Manufacturing                       
Manufacturing Business Technology

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers