Career Pathway in Manufacturing

A career in manufacturing requires certain skills and education depending on job requirements. Skills include planning, managing, and performing the process of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/ process engineering. Popular high-school courses include: Principles of Engineering, Manufacturing I & II, and Fundamentals of CAD.

Training in the Following Career Skills

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High School Diploma or Equivalent Career Options

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

$34,740.00/yr

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Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

$70,910.00/yr

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Etchers and Engravers

$31,330.00/yr

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Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers

$56,100.00/yr

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Dental Laboratory Technicians

$40,440.00/yr

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Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

$31,830.00/yr

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Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

$53,340.00/yr

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Boilermakers

$62,150.00/yr

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Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

$34,800.00/yr

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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

$40,070.00/yr

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Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

$42,840.00/yr

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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

$40,560.00/yr

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First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

$60,420.00/yr

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Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

$39,440.00/yr

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Molders, Shapers and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

$33,340.00/yr

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Industrial Machinery Mechanics

$52,340.00/yr

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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

$38,250.00/yr

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Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

$41,450.00/yr

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Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers

$29,560.00/yr

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Machinists

$43,630.00/yr

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Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

$38,300.00/yr

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Medical Appliance Technicians

$39,190.00/yr

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Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

$51,920.00/yr

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Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

$36,330.00/yr

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Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

$94,350.00/yr

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Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

$47,190.00/yr

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Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

$40,810.00/yr

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Sheet Metal Workers

$48,460.00/yr

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Tool and Die Makers

$52,750.00/yr

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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

$41,380.00/yr

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Associate Degree Career Options

Civil Engineering Technicians

$52,580.00/yr

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

$64,330.00/yr

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Industrial Engineering Technicians

$55,460.00/yr

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Mechanical Engineering Technicians

$56,250.00/yr

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Medical Equipment Repairers

$49,210.00/yr

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Bachelor's Degree Career Options

Environmental Engineers

$87,620.00/yr

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Interior Designers

$53,370.00/yr

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Biological Technicians

$44,500.00/yr

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Industrial Production Managers

$103,380.00/yr

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Industrial Production Managers

$103,380.00/yr

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Doctorate or Professional Degree Career Options

No doctorate or professional degree career options available at this time.

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Continue to Explore this Pathway

Continue exploring this career path and building your plan! Find electives and Advanced Placement courses at your school aligned with this pathway, consider registering for a Kirkwood Career Academy, register for an internship or job shadow, and look for summer programs that will help you continue to build your knowledge and skills.