July's Employment Situation Summary from the BLS announced that the manufacturing sector added 25,000 new jobs in July, marking the tenth straight month of job growth. Jobs in manufacturing have been watched closely as many see this as an indicator of overall economic health. With growing jobs, we wanted to look at what jobs are in demand and any other trends in talent supply.
Last month, there were more than 188,000 jobs advertised online by manufacturers in the US. Overall, hiring during 2012 so far has in fact been strong and has been higher than pre-recession times.
Hiring Demand in Manufacturing Sector - 4 Year Hiring Trend
Below are the 10 types of manufacturing industries that saw the most available job ads. Pharmaceutical manufacturing led this sector with more than 13,000 jobs being advertised online in July. We also see 2 computer manufacturing industries in the below list. With the increased access to computer and technology, this is somewhat expected. Does the volume of hiring in any of these industries surprise you?
Manufacturing Industries with the Most Online Job Ads - July 2012 vs. 2011
So what jobs are most in demand? Before looking at hiring demand by individual field, we assumed that engineering and production jobs would have the most job ads. However, we were surprised to see that technical fields were most in-demand, with a combined 34,000 jobs in July. Overall, manufacturers increased their demand for technical occupations by more than 13% over the past year. Rounding out the top 5 occupational fields were engineering, management, production, and sales related jobs. Also interesting is that of the production related occupations, Managers and Supervisors are most commonly recruited - not as many technicians or production workers.
The most commonly advertised unique job titles are listed below. Anything here surprise you?
- Sales Representative
- Production Supervisor
- Software Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Customer Service Representative
- Administrative Assistant
- Quality Engineer
- Maintenance Technician
- Sales Manager
Heat Map of Ad Volume in the Manufacturing Industry
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