In recent years there has been a major transformation of the Manufacturing Industry as many manufacturing companies have implemented technology solutions to make their products reliable and affordable. The basis for Advanced Manufacturing is the application of cutting-edge technologies, such as electronics, computers, software, robotics, and automation. The use of computer systems and software to monitor and control manufacturing processes in large and small manufacturing plants has led to increased productivity and product quality.
Communications technology has increased the ability to monitor operations from anywhere at anytime. While the overall Manufacturing Industry has been experiencing declining employment in recent years, employment in Advanced Manufacturing is growing. In fact, Advanced Manufacturing has been identified as a High Growth Industry by the U.S. Department of Labor.
A recent study, released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute, reports that 81% if American manufacturers say their biggest problem is finding qualified workers. Experts state that there will be plenty of demand in coming years for males and females that have interest in careers in production, design, and engineering. To explore the Career Pathways in this cluster and the occupations in each of the Pathways, click on:
The U.S. Department of Labor has developed an occupational database, called O*Net, for over 800 occupations. Additional information on each of the occupations shown in the Career Pathways can be found in O*Net at: