Careers in Manufacturing

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What these careers are about

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 Production Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
$113370

Applications 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.
$108080

Nuclear Power 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.
$95310

Fashion Designers

design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.
$87610

Power Distributors and Dispatchers

coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
$85340

Nuclear Equipment Technicians

operate equipment used for the release, control, or utilization of nuclear energy to assist scientists in laboratory or production activities.
$79970

Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.
$79970

Elevator Installers and Repairers

assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.
$79370

Power Plant Operators

control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
$78030

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.
$74940

Mechanics Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
$69320

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.
$67530

Photonics Technicians

build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.
$65720

Manufacturing Production Technicians

set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery or equipment, using any combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies.
$65720

Electrical Engineering 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.
$65050

Electronics Engineering 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.
$65050

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.
$64340

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.
$63240

Chemical Plant Operators

control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
$61570

Robotics Technicians

build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.
$60240
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