The manufacturing industry is one of the largest and most impactful industries in the United States.  It is a perfect place to make your move and enjoy a long, rewarding, and exciting career in the manufacturing field. For anyone looking to find an innovative and fast-paced job, there’s never been a better time to look into this industry. 

With the mass exodus of workers leaving jobs in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries, there are a lot of great people (is this you?) that should consider the manufacturing industry when searching for their next jobs. If you are someone who left one of those industries, did you know that manufacturing is just as fast-paced, exciting, and always-changing as those other industries… but brings more stability, better work schedules, and great pay? There are so many reasons why anyone should consider starting their career in manufacturing.

The manufacturing industry will remain on a positive growth trajectory over the next ten years so the time to Make Your Move is now. 

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So what can you expect when it comes to manufacturing jobs and the industry as a whole and why is it the perfect time for people to join so many others in the industry that is the backbone of the United States? 

Career Growth

Plenty of options to grow and advance.

So many organizations have entry-level positions open now but don’t think that you will be working the same job for the rest of your career. There are multiple career paths one can follow for a variety of jobs. Further, each company has its own career paths and development plans for its organizations,  so the sky’s the limit. 

This industry is a great option for any stage of your career. Just graduated from high school or college, changing careers, or re-entering the workforce; it doesn’t matter. Anyone can start off in the industry and find real growth and rewarding job opportunities all along the way! 

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Many companies prefer to promote from within so getting your foot in the door with an entry-level opportunity (especially if you are new to the industry!) is a smart move. You can look into other job roles in your department or even other departments within the same company. 

New Technologies

Manufacturing is always on the cutting edge of technology.

If you love technology and are always the first one to try out new tech, consider turning that love for gadgets into something you get paid to do! The manufacturing industry is always on the cutting edge of technology that is used to produce and create faster. 

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American manufacturing has helped pave the way for society for decades and will continue to do so in the future. New technologies that were adopted in manufacturing years ago have really pushed the boundaries of what is possible in our country and in the world. 

This industry is not for those who want to stay bored or unengaged – manufacturing brings out the excited and engaged “kid” in so many people!

Beyond The Lines

Pride, stability, great pay, innovation, and diversity. 

Being proud of your work is something that not everyone can say, but they can say it in the manufacturing industry! This industry is responsible for so many things that everyone uses every single day it’s hard not to be proud of the work you are doing. 

It’s a common misconception that manufacturing doesn’t pay as much as other industries but that just isn’t true. Entry-level jobs in the manufacturing industry usually pay $3-$5 more an hour than entry-level jobs in other industries. And don’t forget that pay extends beyond just take-home dollars – there are also health benefits to consider. So many companies offer robust health, dental, vision and paid time off to their employees. 

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There is stability in hours and shifts so if you’ve been burned by being cut too early, too often or forced to take too many days off then rest assured many manufacturing companies have stable shifts and often have time to earn even more with overtime work shifts. 

Like we mentioned before, the manufacturing industry is known for being cutting edge on technology and innovation. If you are always the first to learn about and try new technologies it’s about time you get paid for it! 

Contribution to the Economy

This industry supports economies as well as families. 

The manufacturing industry is a critical part of so many communities and small (towns) and large (states) economies. When manufacturing orders increase, employment expands and the economies big and small grow with it. 

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So many businesses are reshoring (or bringing back state-side) jobs that used to be across the seas which is good for the economy and for our country. The men and women working in this industry are providing not only support to their families but the ability to support their communities and larger economies as well. 

It’s also important to make note that what the manufacturing industry produces also supports the economy. Computer chips in cars, wheels, airplane engines, textiles, refrigeration systems, and so much more help other parts of the economy continue to function and grow too! 

Seeing Your Hard Work

Manufacturing often has tangible products that help people everywhere. 

You know exactly how your work impacts and matters the world around you when you work in manufacturing. The products are real and you know the real-world applications and how they fit into our everyday lives. You won’t feel frustrated working on something you can’t see or feel, since you’ll be providing “things” that help our society function. Wires, cables, chips, steel, wood, gadgets, gizmos, components – even these smaller items that go into bigger things are so important to how we function each day as a society. How rewarding! 

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If you are a #jobseeker eager to get your foot in the door as soon as possible then make sure you schedule your FREE Career Consultation call with one of our associates. If you are ready to bypass the long process of going through job postings to read if you are qualified and interested in a job, cut the process in half. 

Our Career Consultants are ready 5 days a week to conduct a call to learn more about you, your skills, your experience, and what jobs you could be an immediate fit for. Head to our site or call us at 1-800-GTR-0500 and ask for your free call with a Career Consultant. Make Your Move to manufacturing and find a career here, and let GTR help!