On October 2, thousands of manufacturers, colleges, trade schools and businesses across the country celebrated Manufacturing Day, the annual national event designed to dispel the misconceptions about the industry and address the serious skilled labor gap that now exists.

In fact, more than 2,000 manufacturers officially registered their MFG DAY events with MFGDAY.com, and Ohio, Wisconsin and Canada went a step further, declaring the entire month of October #MFGmonth!

By opening their doors to young people to experience modern manufacturing, organizations were able to show a whole new generation of young people how today’s manufacturing is all about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities and fast paced work environments.

Also in honor of Manufacturing Day, Aerotek, a leading provider of industrial staffing solutions, released its own manufacturing-related findings:

Top 10 Fastest-Growing U.S. Industries for Manufacturing Employment:

  1. Automobile electronics – 17.1% growth
  2. Cosmetic and beauty products – 5.8% growth
  3. Breweries – 5.3% growth
  4. Wineries – 5.1% growth
  5. Train, subway and transit cars – 5% growth
  6. Wood paneling – 4.8% growth
  7. Mineral products – 4.2% growth
  8. Engine and turbine – 4.2% growth
  9. SUV and light trucks – 4.1% growth
  10. Boats – 4.1% growth

Top states with the most manufacturing jobs:
– California
– Texas
– Ohio

Top states with the largest manufacturing concentration:
– Indiana
– Wisconsin
– Michigan

Additionally, Compdata Surveys & Consulting outlined the top five engineering “hot jobs” in manufacturing and distribution based on average base rate increases, hire-on increases and more.

  1. Test engineers, Level 1— Developers of product test protocols, processes, and standardized report forms
  2. Plant Engineering Managers— These positions plan and direct activities related to design, construction, modification, and maintenance of equipment and machinery in an industrial plant
  3. Design Engineers, all levels— Designers and developers of new or existing products
  4. Applications Engineers, Level 1— Those who analyze and determine engineering modifications and changes needed to fulfill customers’ requirements
  5. Quality Control Engineers, Level 3—These engineers ensure product quality by directing and checking the work of team members through product testing, and they participate in all phases of product development

Excerpts from this article were taken from mmh.com.