Make a career in Manufacturing
Do you like to make things? Manufacturing offers a range of career options to let you shine.
Florida is home to more than 20,000 manufacturers, producing a range of products from plastic to motor vehicles to food. This sector has experience steady growth in recent years.
Meta-Major: Industry, Manufacturing and Construction
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.
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.
The 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 (T)||$29,390||Human Factors Engineer and Ergonomist||$70,720|
|Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler, Weighers (T)||$33,920||Manufacturing Engineer||$91,940|
|Quality Control Analyst (A)||$36,360||Robotics Engineer||$91,040|
|Production, Planning and Expediting Clerk (T)||$39,940||Biomass Power Plant Manager||$96,840|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanic (T)||$45,180||Industrial Production Manager||$96,840|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician||$49,980||Quality Control Systems Manager||$96,840|
- T indicates training which includes apprenticeship and on-the-job training.
- C indicates a professional or industry certificate
- A indicates an associate degree, generally an associate in applied science or science.
- Salaries are the median income for the job in Florida.