For many, a job in manufacturing conjures up images of working in a hot, noisy factory, assembly lines and minimal pay. However, the face of manufacturing has changed significantly. If you are a “technical type”, a host of new opportunities in manufacturing are on the horizon.
The Associated Press published “Aging workforce puts a strain on skilled manufacturing workers” (2016). Author Kathleen Ronayne addresses the impact that employee retirements are having on General Electric in New Hampshire. Ronayne states: “General Electric is scrambling to not only fill those jobs, but to find workers with the needed skills to take on jobs that are becoming ever more technologically advanced.” If you aren’t sure if a technical career is right for you, identifying your personality type using a tool like the MBTI is a great place to start. Next, researching occupations using resources like O*NEThttp://www.onetonline.org/ will provide information about what the work involves. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database was created by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
In their best-selling book “Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career For You Through the Secrets of Personality Type” (2014) authors Tieger, Barron and Tieger state: “People have an estimated 5-7 careers in their lifetime.” If you are a “technical type” the field of manufacturing may have some cutting-edge opportunities for you. Visiting the O*NET website and taking the MBTI will get you off to a good start.