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.
In many regions of the U.S. there is great demand for highly skilled technicians. Demand for low skill production workers will continue to decline. Manufacturing is still a large segment of the U.S., economy; companies are becoming more specialized and high-tech. Careers related to quality, logistics and health, safety and environmental assurance will continue to grow as these issues gain importance to the American public.