Top Five US Manufacturing Industries

Top Five US Manufacturing Industries

US manufacturing industries

We love lists! Here are the top five of the US manufacturing industries per capita in the United States. Getting involved in them is a snap and we’ve included the degrees, certificates, and know-how you’ll need to seek employment in these booming industries!

  1. Petroleum: Natural gas, gasoline, oil, and a plethora of other petroleum manufactured items make up the bulk of this industry’s products. Jobs include work as a field technician, engineers, technology & safety management, customer service experts, and more. Salary ranges are from $50,000 to $150,000 annually, depending on which subfield you go into. If you’re interested in this field, degree options include BS in Petroleum Services, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Petroleum Production Technology, and Business with a focus in Manufacturing.
  2. Steel: Steel is one of the biggest products the US exports each year. Almost all other industries use steel and steel products in some aspect of their industry, whether it’s construction, shipbuilding, or shelving for DIYers at your local Big Box store. Jobs include work as steel millers, metallurgical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer programmers, and production specialists. Salary ranges are from $30,00 to $100,000 annually, depending on which subfield you go into. If you’re interested in this field, degree options include Metallurgical Engineering, Computer Science, and Steel Production Certificates.
  3. Automobiles: The automotive industry is a broad industry and the manufacturing aspect covers everything from design to engineering, a dream for automobile lovers! Jobs include work as designers, engineers, assemblymen, computer experts, and more. Salary ranges are from $60,00 to $80,000 annually, depending on which subfield you go into. If you’re interested in this field, degree options include Manufacturing Designs, Automotive Manufacturing Degrees, Automotive Technology, Computer Programming, and Robotics & Automotive Engineering.

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  1. Aerospace: The aerospace manufacturing industry deals mainly in all aspects of flying within the US. Designing, building, testing, selling, and maintaining aircraft, aircraft parts, missiles, rockets, or spacecraft are all included in the aerospace industry. This is a high technology industry so if you’re good with computers, you’ll have a definite edge. Jobs include work as Assemblymen, Technical Applications Worker, Engineers, Production Operators, Buyers/Planners, and Machine Operators. Salary ranges are from $60,000 to $120,000 annually, depending on which subfield you go into. If you’re interested in this field, degree options include Aerospace Manufacturing Technology, Aerospace Manufacturing, Engineering, Manufacturing Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, and Aerospace Design.
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  1. Telecommunications: If you’re interested in a career where public interaction and problem-solving is intrinsic in your job, this manufacturing giant might be the place for you. Opportunities include jobs in wired and wireless communications companies, engineering consulting or design firms, electronics components manufacturers, and government agencies.Salary ranges are from $50,000 to $110,000 annually, depending on which subfield you go into. If you’re interested in this field, degree options include Telecommunications Technology, Telecommunications Engineering, Software Engineering, and Manufacturing Design.

Manufacturing is definitely a lucrative career for those who are willing to pursue it. The top five US manufacturing industries are searching for qualified individuals to fill manufacturing positions. If you’re thinking of a career change, definitely check one out today!

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