YOUR RESEARCH GUIDE TO A CAREER IN MANUFACTURING


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 http://rmvets.com/SearchEmploy.

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
The National Association of Manufacturers has a wealth of information at its site, www.nam.org. 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 www.nam.org, then navigate: Alliances > Council of Manufacturing Associations > Member Organizations.

EMPLOYMENT / OUTPUT TABLE
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 www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_207.htm.

INDUSTRY SUBSECTORS
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: 
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag311.htm
2. Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag312.htm
3. Textile Mills:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag313.htm
4. Textile Product Mills:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag314.htm
5. Apparel Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag315.htm
6. Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag316.htm
7. Wood Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag321.htm
8. Paper Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag322.htm
9. Printing and Related Support Activities:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag323.htm
10. Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag324.htm
11. Chemical Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag325.htm
12. Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag326.htm
13. Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag327.htm
14. Primary Metal Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag331.htm
15. Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag332.htm
16. Machinery Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag333.htm
17. Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag334.htm
18. Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag335.htm
19. Transportation Equipment Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag336.htm
20. Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag337.htm
21. Miscellaneous Manufacturing:
www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag339.htm

PRODUCTION OCCUPATIONS
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 www.bls.gov/ooh/production/home.htm.

MAGAZINE RACK

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:
www.assemblymag.com
Automation World PMMI Media Group:
www.automationworld.com
Automotive Industries Automotive Industries Ltd.:
www.ai-online.com
Beverage Industry BNP Media:
www.bevindustry.com
Chemical Processing Putman Media, Inc.:
www.chemicalprocessing.com
Flow Control Grand View Media Group:
www.flowcontrolnetwork.com
Food Manufacturing Advantage Business Media:
www.foodmanufacturing.com
Food Processing Putman Media, Inc.:
www.foodprocessing.com
Hydrocarbon Processing Gulf Publishing Company:
www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com
Industrial Heating BNP Media:
www.industrialheating.com
Industry Week Penton Media, Inc.:
www.industryweek.com
Manufacturing Business Technology Advantage Business Media:
www.mbtmag.com
Manufacturing Engineering Society of Manufacturing Engineers:
www.sme.org/manufacturingengineering
Manufacturing Global White Digital Media:
www.manufacturingglobal.com
Manufacturing Today Phoenix Media Corporation:
www.manufacturing-today.com
Manufacturing.net Advantage Business Media:
www.manufacturing.net

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers