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New Report & Webinar: ‘Manufacturing Is Not Dead: The Rise of High-Skill, High-Wage Production Jobs’

March 1, 2018 by Gwen Burrow

In our newest research, Manufacturing Is Not Dead: The Rise of High-Skill, High-Wage Production Jobs, we consider domestic manufacturing’s post-recession renaissance, and analyze the critical skills required for the modern production worker. Read the report.

On March 27 (2:00 pm EDT/11:00 am PDT), please join us for a webinar to discuss the report’s findings and methodology. Register for the webinar.


After decades of job loss and a struggling reputation, manufacturing has made a comeback in the United States. Since the recession, production jobs have increased—and so have the knowledge and skill requirements.

After analyzing 
hundreds of 
thousands of job postings, we observed that manufacturers need multi-functional engineering technicians possessing both traditional manufacturing and engineering skills.

The result is that today’s high-value production worker is a hybrid of a boots-on-the-ground technician and an engineer laser focused on improving how things get done.

The technical skills required yield competitive wages and also transfer well to other in-demand industries such as finance, professional services, and health care. To ensure the future of domestic manufacturing, educators and employers must recognize the potential of these high-skilled production jobs, and work together to train the next generation of workers.

In this report, we cover three objectives: (1) discuss the demand for production jobs since the recession, (2) summarize the top skills sought-after in job postings, and (3) explain the compensation and transferability for these skills.

For more information about this report or Emsi data, contact Rob Sentz at rob@economicmodeling.com. Follow us at @robsentz@desktopecon, and LinkedIn.

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