I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about job opportunities in manufacturing. All of the URL’s below are live links in the digital replica of Search & Employ®. You can access the digital magazine as well as PDF’s of back issues from

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: Alliances > Council of Manufacturing Associations > Member Organizations.

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 2012 through 2022; visit

The Manufacturing 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 has chapters on production occupations, including assemblers and fabricators; bakers; food and tobacco processing workers; machinists and tool and die makers; metal and plastic machine workers; painting and coating workers; printing workers; quality control inspectors; semiconductor processors; slaughterers, meat packers, and meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers; welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers; and woodworkers. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, work environment, how to qualify for the occupation, pay, job outlook, and similar occupations. The chapters are accessible from


To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in manufacturing, I suggest that you read magazines and view media websites on the subject. Most of the magazines are available both in print and online.

Assembly Magazine BNP Media:
Automation World PMMI Media Group:
Automotive Industries Automotive Industries Ltd.:
Beverage Industry BNP Media:
Chemical Processing Putman Media, Inc.:
Flow Control Grand View Media Group:
Food Manufacturing Advantage Business Media:
Food Processing Putman Media, Inc.:
Hydrocarbon Processing Gulf Publishing Company:
Industrial Heating BNP Media:
Industry Week Penton Media, Inc.:
Manufacturing Business Technology Advantage Business Media:
Manufacturing Engineering Society of Manufacturing Engineers:
Manufacturing Global White Digital Media:
Manufacturing Today Phoenix Media Corporation: Advantage Business Media:

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This article was written by Jay Myers