The Case for Promoting Manufacturing as a Viable Career Path
While we keep hearing about promises to bring factory jobs back to the U.S. from overseas, many manufacturing workers are hurt more by a lack of skills and desire to work in the industry, than by globalization. According to various estimates, there are still millions manufacturing jobs going unfilled in this country. The problem is multi-faceted: on one hand, applicants do not have the computer and other technical skills necessary for the jobs, and on the other, potential applicants lack the interest in manufacturing. There are many outdated perceptions of the industry from it not being safe, to it being low-paying, to not offering any kind of long-term career growth. To ensure the US manufacturing industry stays viable, it will be up to manufacturing companies to change this paradigm through education, training, and promotion of the industry.