The manufacturing industry has a considerable employment hole to fill due to a looming skills gap. One of the best ways to combat this issue is by putting more emphasis on what a great industry it is for young people to enter. Since the younger generation loves lists, here is a top three list of reasons to give millennials on why manufacturing is a great career choice.
Reason 1 – Well paying positions.
According to the NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association), those in a manufacturing-related job in America tend to make an average of $15,000 more per year than other job fields. This extra amount of money alone can pay for rent, a new car, or help to significantly pay off school or other related debts, while still having money left over each year. More money for vacations, or saving to get to retirement faster.
The work is not only well paying, but rewarding. “The pay is good,” says Ben Molinar, who is an Operations Manager at GMI Group in Texas. “I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I can turn a piece of raw materials into a finished product.”
Reason 2 – Flexible work environment with a changing technological and social landscape.
Machinist jobs are well known to have a casual dress code, which is usually comprised of thick t-shirts, jeans and hoodies, due to the work environments they expose themselves to. There are also lots of young machinists working today who have tattoos, piercings and an overall unconventional look, which is completely fine with most manufacturing shop floor employers.
There is also the flexibility in being able to bring these skills to any manufacturing shop floor.
With the industry getting younger, it is also easier for people in this job field to not only find their niche community within the realm social media, but for employers to reach new talent via the platforms of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and beyond.
“More manufacturers realize that social media can help, not hinder, their marketing efforts,” says Marjorie Clayman, who is a director in B2B Client Services for Clayman & Associated LLC. “Like most things, though, social media is only as good as what your effort garners.”
Reason 3 – Less time in school after high school, and you can often learn the trade during high school!
While there is a serious need of resources for STEM learning (science, tech, engineering and math) for youth these days, there are some resources that can be highlighted as great examples.
The great news is that to get a job in the manufacturing field working at a machine, a college degree is not necessary. Most employers will look for certifications, or may even offer an apprenticeship, to get new talent through the door.