The manufacturing industry has a considerable employment hole to fill due to a looming skills gap. This is a daily fact we are coping with and are well aware of.

One of the best ways to combat this issue is by putting more emphasis on what a great industry it is for young people to enter. Since the younger generation loves lists, here is a top three list of reasons to give millennials on why manufacturing is a great career choice.

Reason 1 – Well paying positions. According to the NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association), those in a manufacturing-related job in America tend to make an average of $15,000 more per year than other job fields. This extra amount of money alone can pay for rent, a new car, or help to significantly pay off school or other related debts, while still having money left over each year. More money for vacations, or saving to get to retirement faster.

James Baker, who is a CNC Supervisor for Amarillo Gear in Texas, said he first got into machining because the pay would be beneficial for his growing family when he was younger. His appreciation for the field, however, has evolved past paychecks.

“It’s been 20 years in programming and 30 years in the machinist field,” James said, when asked about his career. “For me, it’s something I feel I’ll always do. It would take a lot for me to want to leave this field.”


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