Get Your Motor Running


by Cameron Macht

Jobseekers looking for an opportunity in manufacturing might get energized by the electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing sector. This sector includes motor and generator manufacturing, relay and industrial control manufacturing, and wiring device manufacturing. According to DEED’s employment and wage data, there are 141 firms providing more than 8,750 jobs in the sector in Minnesota, with average annual wages of just over $58,600 in 2012. They have been hiring a lot in the last year – adding more than 360 net new jobs from 2011 to 2012.

 

welderIn addition, despite job declines in other manufacturing sectors, electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing added nearly 800 net new jobs since 2005, a 10 percent increase. That included a 30% job increase in the electrical equipment manufacturing subsector, which added just over 1,200 jobs from 2005 to 2012.

As noted, many of the jobs in this sector are high-paying, with average annual wages that are more than $9,250 higher than the total of all industries. The highest-earning occupations include:

Each of these occupations has median salaries over $75,000 a year. All three jobs are expected to grow between five and 10 percent in the next decade.

Each occupation in demand in the electrical equipment manufacturing sector paid median wages over $30,000 in 2012, with even higher wages for occupations, including:

And, if you’re looking for the fastest growing occupation in demand, check out:

With all of the recent hiring activity, jobseekers may get revved up knowing that high-paying, high-demand jobs are available in the Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing sector. 

 

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