Manufacturing doing better than many realize

Professor Thomas L. Hogan of the Johnson Center for political Economy at Troy University believes that American manufacturing is doing quite well, according to Industry Week.

"Prior to the 2008 recession, we manufactured more stuff in the United States than had ever been manufactured by any country, ever, in the history of the world. Is that decline?" Hogan said in a column on USA Today.

He explains that while manufacturing jobs are in a state of decline, the industry as a whole is doing well. This is likely due to increased automation found within the industry. The major jobs that people in the business of making products are doing have more to do with machines, robots and computers than with building things by hand or operating machines manually.

As such the skills recruiters need to look for have begun changing. People need backgrounds in computers and technology in order to do well in the manufacturing industry of today.

Some parts of the country see improvements in manufacturing job outlook
Even as the manufacturing industry is becoming more refined and requires less manual labor, there are still places where the sector is growing. For example, in Tennessee, there are a large number of jobs in automotive manufacturing. According to the Daily Times, there are 6,828 manufacturers employing 388,991 workers, which is an increase of 3.9 percent since 2012.

"Manufacturing employment in Tennessee continues to pick up speed," said Tom Dubin, president of MNI Data, which surveys the manufacturing industry.

The auto industry as a whole is a good occupation for someone interested in manufacturing. Automobile Magazine reported that 4 million Americans work in the automobile manufacturing industry. Much of the jobs are given to people who are qualified; this often means people from trade schools or even engineering schools are typically hired.

The bottom line is that whether someone becomes an engineer, or makes sure machines are always running smoothly, there are jobs for everyone in the auto industry.

Many turning to the manufacturing industry after trying other jobs
The outlook for manufacturing, whether automobile or otherwise, is so good that many are joining after years of working desk jobs. The way to get into the industry is often through a trade school that instructs on how to operate the equipment that forms the backbone of building products in a factory.

Many people, according to, have also joined manufacturing schools because they began working at a time when the tools were much more manually-focused, and had less to do with computers and technology. As the industry changes, people are adapting by going back to school in order to stay competitive in the jobs market.

According to, the manufacturing industry appears to be returning to the U.S., even if the form it has taken is different from before. The industry is less focused on manual labor and requires a smaller number of talented and qualified individuals to complete tasks.

The recruiter can benefit from the increasing number of schools offering these qualifications to people interested in starting a new life in the manufacturing industry. As other industries in the U.S. become obsolete, manufacturing, which many believed was becoming something that happened offshore, has become a safe haven where individuals can expect to find good, long-lasting employment with the same benefits as many jobs requiring a lengthier college degree.

One such individual, John O'Callaghan, lost his job in the casino industry, and began taking lessons in manufacturing because the outlook there is so positive.

"It seems like manufacturing is coming back to the U.S.," O'Callaghan said, according to