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Welcome to manufacturing, where robots rule and computer skills and specialized training are as much a part of the job as hard hats and safety glasses. Modern manufacturing is all about merging factory machines and production with technology. Because of an aging workforce and changing nature of currently open positions, manufacturers have a high demand for skilled workers. Although some more traditional positions in manufacturing are expected to decline, many positions are expected to grow significantly over the next few years and will offer multiple opportunities for advancement.

If you like to master machines, develop and analyze processes, design and test products, or manage the distribution of finished goods, then a career in manufacturing promises a rewarding future.

Industry Overview
Occupation Overview

Career Map

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Manufacturing Career Map

Explore our career map to find such opportunities in:

  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Quality Assurance and Maintenance
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Pathway Brochure

For those interested technology and machines, check out our career pathway in Mechatronics, certified by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, to learn what skills and training are needed.

Career Spotlights

In each occupation spotlight download above you will find:

  • Common job titles
  • Number of positions posted in this field in Mecklenburg County in past 12 months
  • Annual salary range
  • Education/credentials preferred
  • Top Skills
  • Top Industries

In each Skills Transferability Guide above, you will find:

  • Occupation Overview: Wage, Jobs, Projected Growth
  • Minimum Educational Breakdown
  • Top Compatible Occupations with Wage, Jobs, and Projected Growth
  • Top 10 Competencies: Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

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