Salary Range: $32,087 – $73,991
Modern manufacturing is a far cry from the dirty, dingy factories of yesteryear. Today’s technicians operate production equipment and often use computer technology to make products, from cars to pharmaceuticals. They also may fix the high-tech equipment or assemble applicable components.
Why It’s Hot
While growth was projected at 2 percent between 2012 and 2022, manufacturing has added more than 228,000 jobs over the last 12 months. Not too shabby.
What You’ll Need
Some employers require an associate degree or relevant technical degree, while others will accept experience – especially military. A growing number of companies will train veterans for the job, recognizing they already have the intangible skills to succeed in this environment.