The U.S. manufacturing industry is growing, and to sustain that growth, it needs workers trained in the trades, but many students are still opting for a four-year degree over a less expensive but highly valuable certification in the trades.
Not so rough anymore
Workers are no longer bound by an assembly-line factory job—technology is a driving factor in manufacturing’s growth. Skilled workers now oversee factory automation, among other lucrative positions.
Another factor helping boost growth is a strong economy. As new buildings are constructed and infrastructure is repaired, more materials are required, and U.S.-based companies are investing. For example, U.S. Steel recently announced it will invest $1 billion to upgrade its Mon Valley Works.
Manufacturing industry workers needed
Growth means employment opportunities, but having workers available to take those positions is a matter of training. For years, a four-year degree was considered the path to success, but those degrees aren’t necessary for—and don’t adequately train for—positions in the trades. So, those positions are going unfilled, and as more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, workplace shortages will continue to grow.
But major improvements in working conditions mean a more automated, cleaner environment than traditional factory work. The jobs often pay well, and the student loan debt is often far less.
Getting the message across to guidance counselors and parents is a struggle, however, even though 70 percent of construction companies nationwide are having trouble finding qualified workers, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
Jobs like carpentry, electrical, plumbing, sheet-metal work and more already need more workers than are applying.
At Davalyn Corporation, we are looking to the future, not only for the growing manufacturing sector, but for the workers who will train to fill those positions. Our priority is staffing companies with trained, competent workers who will help companies grow. Contact us today to find out more.