YOUR RESEARCH GUIDE TO A CAREER IN MANUFACTURING


by JASEN WILLIAMS

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.

 

Publication / Site                                    Publisher                                                                Link

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.manufactuinrg.net

MetalForming Magazine                           Precision Metalforming Association           www.metalformingmagazine.com

Packaging Digest                                     UBM Canon                                             www.packagingdigest.com

Paper, Film & Foil Converter                     YTC Media Inc.                                        www.pffc-online.com

PaperAge                                                                O’Brien Communications, Inc.                   www.paperage.com

Petfood Industry                                      WATT Global Media                                 www.petfoodindustry.com

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing                 Putman Media, Inc.                                  www.pharmamanufacturing.com

Plastics News                                           Crain Communications, Inc.                      www.plasticsnews.com

Printing Impressions                                 NAPCO Media                                          www.piworld.com

Processing                                               Grand View Media Group                         www.processingmagazine.com

Quality Magazine                                     BNP Media                                               www.qualitymag.com

Reliable Plant                                           Noria Corporation                                     www.reliableplant.com

Textile World                                            Billian Publishing, Inc.                              www.textileworld.com

The Fabricator                                          FMA Communications, Inc.                       www.thefabricator.com

Woodworking Network                              Vance Publishing Corporation                  www.woodworkingnetwork.com

 

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

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