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Make a career in Manufacturing

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

Job Outlook

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.

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.

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. 

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