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In Demand Occupations

Manufacturing In-Demand Occupations

These are occupations that are found in an industry cluster that are projected to add a significant number of new jobs to our state's economy, are existing or emerging occupations being transformed by technology and innovations, or are vital to the overall health of our economy.

Occupation Title

Education

Wage Hourly/Annual

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

HS

$24.15/$50,230

Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers


HS


$19.72/$41,030

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

HS

$18.33/$38,130

Helpers--Production Workers

HS

$14.19/$29,520

Machinists

HS

$21.91/$45,570

Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators

HS

$15.60/$32,440

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

HS

$15.91/$33,090

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

HS

$17.01/$35,380

Packers and Packagers, Hand

HS

$13.87/$28,850

Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

HS

$20.66/$42,960

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

HS


$14.78/$30,740

Stockers and Order Fillers

HS

$13.44/$27,960

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

HS

$17.41/$36,210

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

HS

$19.02/$39,560

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

HS

$14.74/$30,650

Doctoral or professional degree (D) – Requires at least three years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree.

Master’s degree (M) – Requires one or two years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor’s degree (B) – Requires four or five years of full-time academic study.

Associate degree (A) – Requires at least two years of full-time academic study.

Postsecondary non-degree award (PS) – Programs last a few weeks to more than a year; leads to a certificate or other award.

Some college, no degree (SC) – Requires the completion of a high school diploma or equivalent plus the completion of one or more postsecondary courses that did not result in a degree or award.

High School diploma or equivalent (HS) – Requires the completion of high school or an equivalent program resulting in the award of a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as a GED.

No Formal Education (NFE) – Signifies that a formal credential issued by an educational institution, such as a high school diploma or postsecondary certificate, is not typically needed for entry into the occupation.