To keep in touch with the latest news, research, and developments within your field of expertise, it's safe to assume that many of you belong to an association whose mission coincides with this goal.
To keep in touch with the latest news, research, and developments within your field of expertise, it's safe to assume that many of you belong to an association whose mission coincides with this goal. Not too long ago, attending the annual tradeshow or meeting of these associations, subscribing to their journals, and contacting fellow members via the telephone were your primary -- and perhaps only -- means of networking within the association to keep abreast of industry developments vital to your job and your professional development. Thanks to the World Wide Web, however, the ability to "network" has taken on a whole new meaning.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey