Three Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Jobs for 2018 and Beyond
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 2017, the manufacturing sector added approximately 25,000 new jobs. Most of those jobs were in machinery, computer and electronics products, and fabricated metal products. According to experts, manufacturing will continue to develop by making more use of advanced automation, robotics, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT). That means that there’s not only a growing number of manufacturing jobs that need to be filled; there are also many roles that require skills and experience with new technologies.
So let’s take a look at three of the most cutting-edge manufacturing jobs that need to be filled. Just be prepared to check any outdated assumptions about manufacturing at the entrance to the manufacturing floor, because today’s manufacturing jobs often offer technical training, advancement, and a whole host of automation-related opportunities you can proudly list on your résumé!
Supply chain engineer: A supply chain engineer analyzes the production chain and develops processes in order to optimize the supply chain. When a new products is introduced, he or she is responsible for the design and implementation of a new supply chain for it. In a digital factory, this can involve integrating the supply chain with the IoT and blockchain. On average, a supply chain engineer earns approximately $80,000 per year.
User experience architect: A user experience (UX) architect ensures that user-centric design methodology is optimized for both existing and new products. This involves analyzing the customer experience and translating the findings into actionable guidelines for teams. In addition, a UX architect has to stay abreast with production innovation in order to be able to recommend product improvements. The average salary of a UX architect is $99,800 per year.
Digital manufacturing engineer: A digital manufacturing engineer designs and/or enhances manufacturing systems. He or she focuses not only on the mechanical component of the system, but also on the electrical and software components. In a digital factory, this can involve sensors and smart equipment that are connected to the IoT, as well as data analytics to improve quality and productivity. According to Glassdoor, a digital manufacturing engineer earns an average of $71,679 annually.
Are you ready to join the more than 12.5 million people working in the manufacturing sector? Then it’s time to get your résumé in order and start looking for your next job!