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.


Publication / Site                                    Publisher                                                                Link

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            

MetalForming Magazine                           Precision Metalforming Association 

Packaging Digest                                     UBM Canon                                   

Paper, Film & Foil Converter                     YTC Media Inc.                              

PaperAge                                                                O’Brien Communications, Inc.         

Petfood Industry                                      WATT Global Media                       

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing                 Putman Media, Inc.                        

Plastics News                                           Crain Communications, Inc.            

Printing Impressions                                 NAPCO Media                                

Processing                                               Grand View Media Group               

Quality Magazine                                     BNP Media                                     

Reliable Plant                                           Noria Corporation                           

Textile World                                            Billian Publishing, Inc.                    

The Fabricator                                          FMA Communications, Inc.             

Woodworking Network                              Vance Publishing Corporation        


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

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This article was written by Liz Wheeler