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Is a Job in Manufacturing for You?

, Blue Recruit

Revenue growth in the Manufacturing industry is expected to increase almost 10% in 2021 alone.

What does this mean to you? Higher Pay. More Opportunities. Job Security.

So, how can YOU take advantage of the growing opportunities in Manufacturing and start a new career path? 

  1. Get a driver’s license. Many manufacturing positions require a valid license because you may need to operate or drive machinery. If you are able to get one, it will be one less barrier to entry.
  2. Get your OSHA 10 and/or 30 Certifications. You will learn strategies to staying safe in potentially hazardous environments, but the time and cost investment are extremely low (about $50 bucks for an OSHA 10 and $150 for an OSHA 30).
  3. Run a Background Check. You don’t know what you don’t know, so run a background check to see if those misdemeanors from 7+ years ago are still there. If your background is clean, you don’t have to tell your potential employer about something stupid you did when you were underage drinking all those crazy years ago.

Whether you are looking for a new career or looking to grow within your career, below are some examples of what you can expect in the Manufacturing Industry.

Warehouse Worker

  • Average Pay: $14/hour
  • Entry-Level Pay: $13.30/hour
  • Minimum Requirements: Loading and unloading trucks, climbing ladders, ability to lift heavy objects and stand for long periods of time
  • Highest Paying Location: Los Angeles, CA paying 4.7% more than national average
  • Lowest Paying Location: Atlanta, GA paying 16.9% less than national average
  • HOT TIP: Getting your Forklift Certification can increase your pay by 12%

Delivery Driver

  • Average Pay: $15.37/hour
  • Entry-Level Pay: $13.13/hour
  • Minimum Requirements: Valid driver license with a clean driving record, documentation of routes and deliveries, potentially receive and process payments from customers
  • Highest Paying Location: Denver, CO paying 11.3% more than national average
  • Lowest Paying Location: Las Vegas, NV paying 5% less than national average
  • HOT TIP: Getting your HAZMAT Endorsement can increase your by 26%

CNC Machinist 

  • Average Pay: $19/hour
  • Entry-Level Pay: $15.45/hour
  • Minimum Requirements: Interpret blueprints, use hand tools and lift 30 pounds
  • Highest Paying Location: Minneapolis, MN paying 27.8% more than national average
  • Lowest Paying Location: Wichita, KS paying 5.2% less than national average

Sheet Metal Worker

  • Average Pay: $22/hour
  • Entry-Level Pay: $15.20/hour
  • Minimum Requirements: Use hand tools, including torches and lathes, interpret blueprints, ability to lift heavy objects and stand for long periods of time
  • Highest Paying Location: New York, NY paying 52.6% more than national average
  • Lowest Paying Location: Phoenix, AZ paying 7.1% less than national average

Robotics Technician

  • Average Pay: $22/hour
  • Entry-Level Pay: $18.52/hour
  • Minimum Requirements: Assemble, program, and maintain the robot/robotic system, Associates degree in a related field
  • Highest Paying Location: Charlotte, NC paying 7.7% more than national average
  • Lowest Paying Location: Detroit, MI paying 26.6% less than national average
  • HOT TIP: While a college degree may be required, a 2-year degree is typically sufficient and will not have a huge impact on your hourly pay than if you received a 4-year degree
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