Careers in Manufacturing

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Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.
Career nameAvg salary

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

App Software Developers

develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
$102160

Nuclear Reactor Operators

operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.
$88820

Power Distributors

coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
$80400

Nuclear Equipment Technicians

operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities.
$78850

Nuclear Monitor Technicians

collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.
$78850

Elevator Technicians

assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.
$77350

Fashion Designers

design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.
$73180

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

Power Plant Operators

control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
$71070

Purchasing Agents

purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
$66120

Glass Blowers and Finishers

shape molten glass according to patterns.
$66020

Mechanics Supervisors

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

Manufacturing Stone Cutters

cut or carve stone according to diagrams and patterns.
$65830

Photonics Technicians

build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.
$62820

Manufacturing Technicians

set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery or equipment, using any combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies.
$62820

Electronics Technicians

lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
$61870

Electrical Technicians

test or modify developmental or operational electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants or laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineers or technologists.
$61870

Boilermakers

construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.
$60660

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
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