Despite improvements in production technology and rising imports, manufacturing employment is expected to increase slightly as strong demand continues for high-tech electrical goods and pharmaceuticals. Between 2002 and 2012, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing employment is expected to increase by 68,000 jobs, plastics and rubber products manufacturing by 138,000 jobs, machinery manufacturing by 120,000 jobs, and a 97,000 projected job growth for fabricated metal product manufacturing.
Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance workers ensure that the equipment is being used safely in the workplace; plan for safety in new production processes; conduct hazard investigations and inspections; and implement health, safety, and/or environmental programs, projects, policies, or procedures.
Logistics and Inventory Control workers move raw materials, unload trucks, wrap pallets for shipment, and communicate with traffic managers.
Maintenance, Installation, and Repair workers perform preventive maintenance procedures on machines, tools, and equipment. They also troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems.
Manufacturing Production Process Development workers are responsible for product design of the manufacturing process. They also monitor the manufacturing process and the materials used to manufacture the product.
Production workers make parts or assemble them. They work with machines, making or assembling electronic parts, constructing or assembling modular housing, performing welding jobs, or printing materials.
Quality Assurance workers assure that standards and procedures are adhered to and that delivered products or services meet performance requirements.