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Manufacturing Careers

Have you considered a career in manufacturing?

Manufacturing is an important part of Minnesota’s economy.  Find facts about manufacturing in Minnesota, explore manufacturing careers and industries, and watch manufacturing career videos.

Facts About Manufacturing

Manufacturing has changed quite a bit over the last couple of decades. So what's "modern manufacturing" really like now?

Manufacturing jobs pay well.

Wages in the manufacturing industry are on average 15% higher than the average for all other industries.

Average Wages
$54,986 - All Other Industries $63,236 - Manufacturing

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 2015

There are lots of manufacturing jobs in Minnesota.

Around 317,000 jobs in the State of Minnesota are manufacturing jobs.  This is about 11% of jobs across the state.  Over half of Minnesota’s Fortune companies are manufacturers including 3M, Ecolab, General Mills, Land O’Lakes, and Hormel Foods.

Manufacturing jobs are clean, safe, and evolving.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, conditions have improved from the past for production workers in machinery manufacturing. New facilities are clean, well lighted, and temperature controlled. Tasks that used to be labor intensive are often automated now. Injuries are less common when proper safety procedures are followed. Noise levels can still be high in larger production facilities, and some workers do need to work with oil, grease, or chemicals that require special handling. Some manufacturing jobs still require moderate levels of lifting or special care in the use of some machinery. But manufacturing work continues to evolve and is not seen — as it once was — as dull, dirty, and dangerous work.

The United States still makes things.

Over the past 25 years US manufactured goods exports have quadrupled, growing substantially with our largest trading partners which include Canada, Mexico, and China.

Learn more about Manufacturing in the United States.

Explore Manufacturing Careers & Industries

What are manufacturing careers?

Use the following resources to explore manufacturing careers.  You'll find information about the types of careers, wages, education requirements, and more.

Where are manufacturing jobs?

The following industries posted the most manufacturing jobs in Minnesota during the second quarter of 2016.

  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
  • Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
  • Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
  • Animal Slaughtering and Processing

Source: CEB TalentNeuron Recruit, Second Quarter 2016

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