Why Manufacturing Jobs are a Wise Career Choice
Students who enter college studying engineering or computer science don't always envision themselves working in a factory when they graduate, but as the country's manufacturing sector continues to grow and advance, manufacturing jobs are offering workers a career that's very different from those from decades ago.
Unfortunately, news of the innovations and growth that's been happening in manufacturing over the past ten years is not as well known as the industry would like. Students looking at their futures and workers seeking a new career path often aren't aware of the promising opportunities manufacturing jobs offer today. Manufacturing is no longer a dirty industry, with repetitive, low-skill jobs. Here are a few reasons why manufacturing jobs are a good career choice:
Good paying manufacturing jobs
Getting a college degree is extremely expensive and students today are looking more than ever at their future job prospects -- and salaries -- before choosing a major. Manufacturing jobs have long offered good pay and benefits, especially here in New Hampshire where a worker shortage is helping boost wages. According to a report in the Washington Post, manufacturing wages rose 60 percent between 1996 and 2016, never declining year-over-year during that time. When it comes to jobs that do not require an advanced degree, the U.S. Labor Department reports that millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics, and machinery maintenance workers are some of the best jobs for workers with a high school diploma.
Hitchiner is in the midst of an expansion that will lead to more than 80 jobs once completed. We are not the only company in the region that has announced expansion either. Manufacturing will create an estimated 3.5 million here in the U.S. between 2015 and 2025 because of the growing economy and baby boomer retirements. This means lots of opportunity for advancement in manufacturing jobs. Leadership opportunities will be available for the next generation of manufacturers to take the reigns, and there will always be room to grow and learn new skills.
People want "Made in America"
Made in America is not just something you put on a label. While consumers have been trained to keep an eye out for products made here in the U.S. to help our economy, domestic manufacturing has become a smart business choice for companies seeking to create products and buy parts. According to recent data, U.S. workers nearly six times as productive as Chinese workers and 1.5 times as productive as Japanese and German workers. With recent trade talks abroad complicating matters further, manufacturing here in America looks better every day.
Working with the latest tech
When it comes to innovation, manufacturing has always been on the cutting edge. Companies today use the latest technologies and are developing new tech of their own to increase productivity and efficiencies, such as 3D printing, drones, and the Internet of Things. In many cases, these innovations were developed and used in manufacturing long before the public got its hands on them. At Hitchiner, we pride ourselves on our ability to innovate and are actively seeking new efficiencies.
It's not just for engineers
It takes a lot of people to keep an advance manufacturing company going, and they all can't be engineers. Within the manufacturing sector, you can find jobs in sales and business development, marketing, human resources, and many others. These manufacturing jobs come with plenty of perks, including stability, competitive salaries, the excitement of innovation, and more. Not every industry can boast of the same.
You are making something
It's easy to see the impact your job has on the world when you are making a tangible product. Whether it’s a part for a military jet or an auto part that saves fuel while increasing horsepower, it's a great feeling knowing you had a hand in making it. Manufacturing jobs offer this unique level of pride, not every job these days can provide.
Career Opportunities At Hitchiner Manufacturing
Job openings are available now at Hitchiner Manufacturing in New Hampshire. As a Hitchiner employee, you will find fulfillment being part of a company that uses cutting edge technology to produce parts used by the world’s top companies like BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Lockheed. Learn more about the careers we have available right now by clicking on the button below.