You’re looking for a job, and you’re a good fit for an entrylevel position at this point. The service industry doesn’t appeal to you, and working in an office isn’t your cup of tea, but you would like something that pays a decent wage and has the potential for growth and learning.  

A great option would be to focus your search in the manufacturing sector. There are 12.75 million Americans in these jobs, and in 2017 they earned over $80,000 annually in wages and benefits.Yet, most manufacturers are finding it hard to fill their openings.  

Manufacturers will have to replace about 2.7 million jobs that will be vacated by retirees in the next few years. Almost two million more jobs will open because of growth in the industry. All of this means there are tremendous opportunities for job seekers who are willing to work and learn. 

What is a manufacturing company? 

Manufacturers create products from either raw materials or components. These jobs are typically found in factories, plants, or millsHere are a few of the sectors within the manufacturing industry: 

  • Primary metal, fabricated metal, and machinery 
  • Wood, paper, and printing 
  • Computer and electronics 
  • Food, beverage, and tobacco 
  • Transportation 
  • Textiles, leather, and apparel 
  • Petroleum, coal, chemicals, plastics​, and rubber 
  • Furniture 

Any business that makes products out of raw materials or components is considered to be a manufacturing business. And many of these companies have become highly productive through their use of computers and robotics. Nonetheless, there are many skilled and entrylevel opportunities available. 

For additional information on any of these manufacturing sectors, check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. 

What are some of the typical entry-level manufacturing jobs? 

There are too many jobs to list here, so here is a small sampling of some of the positions you would find, that we’re often hiring for: 

  • Assembly workers 
  • General laborers
  • Machine operators 
  • Warehouse workers 
  • Equipment operators 
  • Bakery associates 
  • Maintenance workers 
  • Forklift operators 
  • Material handlers 
  • Order pickers 
  • Packagers 
  • Production workers 

You can find details on these and other manufacturing jobs by visiting the Production Occupations page at The Bureau of Labor Statistics. It describes the jobs, what education or training is needed, and the salary level. You can find out what it’s like to work in the occupation, how many jobs are available, and if it’s a growing field. Be sure to check out our job board to view our open positions, and apply directly to any opportunities you feel you’d be a great fit for! 

Would you like to see a manufacturing job in your future? 

For 40 years, The Resource has been helping job seekers solve their toughest employment challenges. Our expert staff can ensure that you find your ideal manufacturing position the first time. That’s why we’re one of the top employment agencies in North Carolina. 

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