The transformation of materials, substances or components into new products is considered manufacturing, and as such this industry encompasses a variety of business sectors from auto, medical, aerospace, technology, energy, and robotics to food & beverage, clothing, fishing agriculture and more. Advanced Manufacturing combines new information technology with advanced machinery. Manufacturing is considered one of the country’s most critical industry sectors, and with over 400 companies on the South Shore it remains a critical driver of our local economy as well. In Massachusetts, manufacturing generates about 10% of the state’s GDP and accounts for about 6% of the total employment base with wage growth of over 27% expected over the next ten years.
Manufacturing companies use advanced production techniques to develop a wide range of products we use every day. In manufacturing you will enjoy a career in high-tech machinery and cutting edge software in a variety of in-demand markets including Medical, Information Technology, Defense and Renewable Energy. Working as part of a team in a creative, professional environment, you will earn an average yearly salary of $45,000with an Associates Degree and upwards of $75,000with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Advanced Manufacturing career opportunities require a skilled workforce with wage and compensation benefits that are outpacing those of other industries within the region. A career in manufacturing offers a variety of entry points whether you are a recent high school graduate, participated in a specialized certification program, or completed a 2-4 year college degree. The MassHire South Shore Workforce Board works in collaboration with partnering Workforce Boards across the region to provide specialized training and certificate programs that meet the workforce needs of area companies. Contact our office by clicking here to receive a current list of program offerings.
Information on Career Pathways in manufacturing is available through these helpful links.
Dream It Do It – Careers in Manufacturing
US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Manufacturing Career Outlook
My Next Move – Machinists
Make it in Massachusetts