Manufacturing Careers Research by Student Research Foundation

Why Directing Students to Manufacturing Careers Makes Sense Today

What manufacturing careers can students pursue?

The short answer to that question is, a wide variety of them. Students who earn degrees in engineering can specialize in manufacturing and machine design. Computer science majors can become automation programmers. Students who earn Associates degrees in manufacturing technology can get jobs “on the line,” making sure that equipment is working well. And students with high school diplomas can take jobs in manufacturing too – everything from maintaining production equipment to monitoring the arrival of manufacturing supplies.

So there is no doubt that there are “many seats at the table” in manufacturing for students who are prepared. And as recent findings like the following indicate, there is every indication that jobs in the manufacturing industries will continue to grow steadily in the future.

Findings from the Institute for Supply Management

The November Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, just released by the Institute for Supply Management, finds that manufacturing remained strong in October, despite some small declines.

  • Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in October while the overall economy grew for the 114th consecutive month.
  • ISM’s New Orders Index was 57.4%, a small decrease of 4.4 percentage points from 61.8% in September.
  • The Production Index was 59.9%, a 4-point decrease from 63.9% in September.
  • The Inventories Index was 50.7%, a drop of 2.6 percentage points from 53.3% in September.
  • But the Prices Index was 71.6%, a 4.7-point increase from September. According to the ISM report, that meant that the price of raw manufacturing materials had risen for the 32nd consecutive month.

The decreases represent normal fluctuations, while the overall pattern for the last year has been one of continued growth in manufacturing. The outlook for growth in new orders, production and employment over the next six months remains solid.

Continue to Counsel Students to Plan for Jobs in Manufacturing

Although some uncertainties must be considered, such as the overall growth of the economy and the possible impact of tariffs, the job outlook in manufacturing remains strong. It is a good time to tell your students, “Why not consider preparing for a career in manufacturing?”

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