A career should be more than just picking up paychecks

— it should be a passion.
What energizes your child? Be it cars or computers, music or movies, outdoors or outer space — whatever the passion — modern manufacturing offers an exciting career for young people. Rewarding employment that PAYS!

Today’s advanced manufacturing is a high-tech industry requiring skilled and talented people. The industry has changed. It’s not your father’s manufacturing any more.

In fact, manufacturing:

  • pays average wages and benefits of about 20% more than the average compensation for the rest of the workforce. (Learn more on the Career Profiles page.)
  • employs more than 14 million people in the United States.
  • continues to drive the economy by making the highest contribution to economic growth of any sector.
  • is responsible for more than 70% of private sector research and development.
  • creates a wide range of advanced technologies that cut energy use and lead to a cleaner environment.
  • is a knowledge-based industry powered by computer technology.

Why Is Manufacturing Important?

A June 2009 study by Deloitte LLP and The Manufacturing Institute shows that Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong national economy. Whether it is clothing, cell phones, computers or automobiles, CDs and DVDs, food and drink, athletic gear, medicine or cosmetics, virtually everything we use on a daily basis is manufactured. These and many other products are part of everyday life because modern manufacturing techniques make them reliable, affordable and available.

Recent studies released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute as well as the Mississippi Manufacturers Association report that more than 80% of manufacturers say their biggest problem is finding qualified workers. This shortage of workers could have a serious impact on our nation’s and our state’s economy.

Even in today’s difficult economic times, the New York Times recently reported on a Conference Board study that shows available jobs in engineering, physical science, computer and mathematical science exceeding the available labor pool.

What does this mean for your child? It means that now more than ever, manufacturing provides opportunities for young people to follow their passions and be financially rewarded in many varied careers demanding highly skilled, educated professionals.