Potential students and job seekers, however, often don’t know about the innovative work and high earning potential that manufacturing careers offer. And parents of potential students -- who influence what their children study in college -- have misconceptions about what it’s really like to work in manufacturing.
The manufacturing industry had 4,105 establishments supplying 162,716 jobs in the Twin Cities, comprising about 53% of the 307,159 manufacturing jobs within the state. The average annual wage for the manufacturing industry sector equaled $69,680 in 2013.
It is beneficial to know that some industries – particularly manufacturing – pay more for the same job. For example, salespeople selling products related to manufacturing are more likely earn more money than salespeople selling other types of good or services.
by Luke Greiner ~ After getting knocked down during the recession, the manufacturing sector has added more jobs to Central Minnesota’s economy than any other industry since 2010 by gaining 3,676 additional jobs. This incredible comeback accounts for almost 30% of total job growth in the region in the last three years. Recent growth is … Continue reading Manufacturing: The ‘Comeback Kid’ in Central Minnesota
Population data clearly show the out-migration of workers in younger age groups from rural counties. However, this trend typically is discussed out of context. In fact, unless the county has a four-year university, the out-migration of young people is the rule rather than the exception.
by Rachel Vilsack Real estate agents say that a house feels more like a home when there is furniture in it, making it easier to sell. Central Minnesota is home to more than one-fourth of the state’s employment in furniture and related product manufacturing, including one-third of the state’s jobs in kitchen cabinet manufacturing. Through … Continue reading Industry Spotlight: Furniture Manufacturing
by Alessia Leibert Manufacturers face unprecedented challenges in filling skilled production positions, including competition from other firms, declining interest in manufacturing careers among young people, unattractive firm locations and work shifts, uncompetitive wages, and skills gaps. Minnesota employers are investing in solutions to remove some of these barriers, but hiring difficulties persist. In spring 2013, … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry
by Rachel Vilsack If you think manufacturing is just production jobs, think again! Manufacturing in Minnesota also includes careers in engineering, logistics and distribution, maintenance and repair, and business, management and administration. Manufacturing facilities are often great places to work; they are clean, bright, and have amazing high-tech equipment. Here are 10 jobs you’ll find … Continue reading Gearing Up for a Career in Manufacturing