Where we're headed: take a look at the types of manufacturing jobs today and what they'll look like tomorrow.


Aerospace products and parts [Industry projected to grow and create more jobs] [Earnings are higher than other industries]

* Production and professional jobs account for the largest share of employment.

* Earnings are higher, on average, than in most other industries.

* Employment is projected to grow slowly.

* During slowdowns in aerospace manufacturing, production workers are vulnerable to layoffs, while professional workers enjoy more job stability.

Chemical manufacturing (non-pharmaceutical) [Available jobs expected to decline] [Earnings are higher than other industries]

* Employment is projected to decline.

* Workers involved in production and in installation, maintenance, and repair hold more than half of all jobs.

* Earnings are higher than average.

Computer and electronic products [Available jobs expected to decline] [New technology is changing the industry]

* Employment is projected to decline 12 percent over the next decade due to productivity improvements, imports, and the movement of some jobs to lower wage countries.

* The industry is characterized by significant research and development activity and rapid technological change.

* Professional and related personnel account for one out of three workers.

Food manufacturing Job rate projected to stay the same]

* Unlike many other industries, food manufacturing is not highly sensitive to economic conditions.

* Production workers account for 54 percent of all jobs.

* Most production jobs require little formal education or training; many can be learned in a few days.

Machinery manufacturing [Job rate projected to stay the same] [Extra training required] [Earnings are higher than other industries]

* High productivity growth is expected to cause employment to decline, but many openings will result from the need to replace workers who retire.

* Production workers, who account for over half of all jobs in the industry, increasingly need training beyond high school.

* Machinery manufacturing has some of the most highly skilled - and highly paid - production jobs in manufacturing.

* Job prospects should be good for high school graduates with strong communication, basic math, and problem solving skills who can be trained for highly skilled production jobs.

Motor vehicles and parts [Available jobs expected to decline] [Earnings are higher than other industries]

* Although approximately 1 out of 5 jobs are located in Michigan, especially the Detroit area, an increasing number are located in...

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