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Career Clusters  Manufacturing

Introduction


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products, including related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.


Employment Outlook

Careers in this cluster fall into the production; installation, maintenance, and repair; and architecture and engineering occupational groups used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for occupational projections.

Production

Employment of production occupations is projected to decline 4 percent, with a loss of about 406,900 jobs from 2016 to 2026. 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.

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

Employment of installation, maintenance, and repair occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 388,200 new jobs.

Architecture and Engineering

Employment of architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 194,300 new jobs are projected to be added. Most of the projected job growth in this group is in the engineer occupations, as their services will be in demand in various areas such as rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics.