3 Unique Facts about the Manufacturing Industry

Contributed to jobs.net by Kim Evans

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If you were sitting pretty with your chosen career path, as in impressively pretty, do you think you would you know?

Well, guess what–if you have a background as a field services technician, maintenance mechanic, materials manager, or one of the more than 200 classified occupations within the U.S. manufacturing workforce, you're sitting pretty. And in case your current employment circumstances have distracted you from this fact, you might appreciate learning more facts about the massive strength of your industry from a broader perspective.

Whether you're currently searching through the latest manufacturing jobs listings or eyeing a promotion in your place of employment, there are a few important facts about manufacturing below worth absorbing first. Think of these three facts as an inspirational aid intended to help fuel your search efforts, nail a promotion and foster pride in your powerhouse of an industry.

1.      Manufacturing leads our country out of economic turmoil. This fact is attributed to the 5.8 million jobs in other sectors that depend on, and are supported by, the manufacturing industry. This includes workforces from professional services, wholesaling, transportation, agriculture and finance sectors. In fact, as the fourth largest employer in the country, the U.S. manufacturing sector provides more than 11.7 million jobs. It also boasts the world's 10th largest economy, surpassing the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of India, Canada or Australia.

2.      Manufacturing employees out-earn workers in other industries. Salaries in manufacturing (an average of $32.93 per hour) are 8 percent higher compared to the combined salary averages across all other industries ($30.44 per hour). But it's not just pay that stands out–manufacturers are a leader in providing healthcare benefits to employees and their families; only state and local government employers offer a higher percentage of benefits. Even though healthcare premiums have more than doubled since 1999, manufacturing has kept apace with its benefit contributions, which also includes such wellness programs as smoking cessation, on-site exercise facilities or gym memberships.

3.      Manufacturing raises the bar on safety standards. Occupational injuries reported throughout manufacturing worksites decreased by two-thirds over a 15-year period, which is a faster rate of improvement compared to that of the overall private sector. Manufacturers recognize that safety programs ultimately reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve efficiency and morale, all of which contribute to the bottom line. Employees also help create safer work environments indirectly through their participation in the company-funded wellness programs.

The facts speak for themselves. U.S. manufacturing carries a tremendous amount of weight in our country and around the world, as its very own economic powerhouse. With ongoing advances in technology during this digital age, and as automakers continue to design and build more fuel-efficient vehicles, just as a few examples, manufacturers have their hands full with an abundance of opportunities to harbor thriving work environments.

So, hopefully you've now gained a broader appreciation, as a member or aspiring member, of the manufacturing industry. Thinking back to jobs you've held in the past, what kinds of attributes about those experiences would you say had you "sitting pretty?" Tell us about the highest points you recall about your professional history.

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