According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Employment in production occupations is projected to decline 4 percent, with a loss of about 423,200 jobs from 2019 to 2029. Technological advancements are expected to continue to replace many of the manufacturing workers that make up a large share of the production occupations. Fewer workers are expected to be needed in the manufacturing sector as many processes have become computer-controlled.
According to BLS, the median annual wage for production occupations was $37,440 in May 2020, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
Here are some occupations within Manufacturing and Production:
Assemblers and Fabricators
Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance Technicians
Food and Tobacco Processing Workers
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
Machinists and Tool and Die Makers
Metal and Plastic Machine Workers
Painting and Coating Workers
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
Quality Control Inspectors
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators