Careers in Manufacturing

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What these careers are about

This sector covers activities related to industrial manufacturing of green technology as well as energy efficient manufacturing processes.
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

Biochemical Engineers

develop usable, tangible products, using knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. Solve problems related to materials, systems, or processes that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, or biological materials.
$98150

Validation Engineers

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

Mechatronics Engineers

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

Microsystems Engineers

research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.
$98150

Photonics Engineers

design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.
$98150

Robotics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.
$98150

Nanosystems Engineers

design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.
$98150

Logistics Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
$95130

Materials Scientists

research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.
$94940

Technical Product Sales Reps

sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of post-secondary education.
$89170

Health and Safety Engineers

plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.
$87810

Chemists

conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
$77860

Logistics Engineers

design or analyze operational solutions for projects such as transportation optimization, network modeling, process and methods analysis, cost containment, capacity enhancement, routing and shipment optimization, or information management.
$77470

Logistics Analysts

analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.
$77470

OHS Specialists

review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.
$71790

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

Mechanics Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
$65890
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