A Call to Workers: the Benefits of Pursuing a Manufacturing Career

If you’re looking for a good job in an in-demand field, then pursuing a manufacturing degree in CT could be the right path for you!

These days manufacturing is safe, clean, and efficient, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. And over 70% of Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong economy and national defense. And with 17.6 million manufacturing jobs in the United States””and as many as 500,000 manufacturing jobs unfilled due to lack of qualified workers””the market is looking for individuals with the skills and credentials that come from a manufacturing degree.

Between 2015 and 2025, more than 2.7 million workers are likely to retire. Between 2012 and 2022, the National Association of Manufacturers estimated that there will be 2.2 million job openings in manufacturing!

Here in Connecticut, there are approximately 4,350 manufacturers employing over 163,300 workers. And in 2012, Connecticut reported the highest average annual pay for manufacturing employees in the nation, with an average salary of $64,366, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Obama Administration also recently designated Connecticut under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative. With that designation, the state will receive support from 11 federal agencies with access to more than $1 billion in federal funding dedicated to economic development and the resurgence of manufacturing in the nation, according to a CBIA announcement by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Connecticut was chosen largely due to its aerospace and defense industries, with industry leaders like East Hartford’s own Pratt & Whitney. Manufacturing in the state will continue to grow for years into the future!

See our infographic for more information on the benefits of manufacturing, and why manufacturing is such a top career choice today.

Manufacturing infographic

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