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Do you like to make things? Manufacturing offers a range of career options to let you shine.

Career Pathways

The manufacturing field has three general career pathways:

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance: Individuals who work to protect workers and the environment.
  • Logistics and Inventory Control: Individuals who focus on getting materials to the right place at the right time.
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair: Individuals who keep equipment working.
  • Manufacturing Production Process Development: Individuals who design products and packaging.
  • Production: Individuals who work in factories or facilities making or assembling a broad range of products.
  • Quality Assurance: Individuals who ensure quality products are produced.

Meta-Major: Industrial, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems

Are you interested in a career in manufacturing but not sure what you want to do? Check out the industry, manufacturing and construction meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as manufacturing. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

Education-Career-Income Connection

Manufacturing offers a range of careers that span the spectrum of educational requirements.

Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler $33,690 Human Factors Engineer and Ergonomist $87,040
Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler, Weighers $38,350 Biomass Power Plant Manager $91,380
Production, Planning and Expediting Clerk $47,580 Manufacturing Engineer $96,980
Quality Control Analyst $49,670 Robotics Engineer $96,980
Industrial Machinery Mechanic $52,340 Industrial Production Manager $103,380
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician $64,330 Quality Control Systems Manager $103,380



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