Wisconsin Manufacturing Careers

A career in manufacturing: There’s more than meets the eye According to the National Association of Manufacturers most recent manufacturing data report, Wisconsin ranks number two among states with the highest share of manufacturing jobs (16.3 percent). This rating is second to our neighbors in Indiana. Manufacturing Careers in the US Facts about manufacturing: Manufacturing supports more than 17.6 million jobs in the United States Manufacturing directly employs more than 12 million Americans, or 9 percent of the U.S. workforce. In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506. That’s 10 percent more than what the average U.S. worker employed in other industries earns. Recruiting Skilled Manufacturing Employees This gets me wondering … why is it so hard to enlist new recruits to the world of manufacturing? Perhaps it is due to the wide misperceptions concerning a manufacturing career. Is there an overall “interest gap” surrounding these types of jobs? Perhaps we all need to work a bit harder to educate our young people on all manufacturing has to offer in an effort to revitalize this very rewarding and exciting industry. Spark an Interest in Manufacturing Careers There will always be technical schools and universities offering manufacturing and engineering degrees. But offering degrees alone does little to fuel an interest among those who may not have considered a manufacturing career in the first place. Employers need to partner with schools at the middle and high school stage to begin fueling this potential curiosity early on. Scholarships, competitions, mentoring opportunities, career fairs—these are all great means to pique an interest about the trade we love. And then...