Careers For People Who Know About Production and Processing

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What these careers require you to know

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Career nameAvg salary

Supply Chain Managers

direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.
111230

Industrial Plant Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
103720

Geothermal Plant Managers

manage operations at geothermal power generation facilities. Maintain and monitor geothermal plant equipment for efficient and safe plant operations.
103720

Biomass Power Plant Managers

manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.
103720

Mechatronics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.
98150

Manufacturing Engineers

design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.
98150

Validation Engineers

design or plan protocols for equipment or processes to produce products meeting internal and external purity, safety, and quality requirements.
98150

Industrial Engineers

design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.
86990

Aviation Inspectors

inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.
72220

Food Scientists

use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.
72030

Farm and Greenhouse Managers

plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.
69880

Industrial Designers

develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
69820

Glass Blowers and Finishers

shape molten glass according to patterns.
66020

Manufacturing Technologists

develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.
62820

Mechanical Technologists

assist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.
62820

CNC Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.
59930

Chemical Plant Operators

control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
59070

Manufacturing Potters

operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.
55530

Horticultural Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.
48290

Production Planners

coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.
48210
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