About this Sector
Over the next decade, manufacturing employers need to fill 533,000 middle-skilled jobs that currently pay at least $35,000 per year. Currently women hold only 7% of these jobs. Many women hold certificates and work in similar but lower-paid occupations. Manufacturing provides more middle-skill job opportunities than most other industries, with higher earnings, and a greater likelihood that jobs come with benefits such as retirement contributions or healthcare insurance. Manufacturing is a vital and dynamic part of the U.S. economy.
Job growth combined with the need to train a new generation of skilled workers to replace those moving towards retirement provides an opportunity to improve the diversity of the workforce and increase the number of women working in these occupations. For women, training for one of the target jobs in manufacturing can provide earnings sufficient to support a family.