Manufacturing jobs on the rise, and skilled workers needed
That's not news to Plant Engineering readers, but CNN is reporting manufacturing job growth is outpacing the rest of the private sector
CNN is reporting on the issue Plant Engineering has been reporting on through 2010 Manufacturing jobs are growing at about 1.6% over the last 12 months, double the rate of other private sector jobs, according to CNN. The growth is being fueled by a shortage of skilled workers to fill high-tech and computer-driven manufacturing jobs.
– there’s growth in American manufacturing jobs and a Skills Gap in American manufacturing.
CNN quotes Donna Carroll, vice president with Adecco, as saying, "Manufacturing is very robust for us right now. Skilled machinists and machine operators in some places are getting tougher to come by."
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.