Semiconductors. Electric vehicles and EV batteries. Jobs relocated. Record release.
These are exciting times for Ohio’s manufacturing sector.
With companies like Intel, Sherwin-Williams, Amgen, Whirlpool, General Motors, Ford, and many more — including small and medium-sized businesses — making substantial investments in our state, Ohio is writing the next chapter in its legacy. already wealthy manufacturer.
Additionally, Buckeye State is leading by example on how to develop the manufacturing workforce, which is critical to maintaining our status as a manufacturing powerhouse.
A recent Schneider Downs survey found that 84% of responding Ohio manufacturers said attracting and retaining a quality workforce was their biggest challenge. Even in a manufacturing state like ours, many residents are unaware that modern manufacturing careers are high-tech, safe, well-paying, and intellectually rewarding.
To further raise awareness, October 7 is Make Day and October is Make Month. Events will be held across the state to showcase opportunities in Ohio’s cutting-edge industry.
This seems like the perfect opportunity to share the top reasons why young people and career changers should seriously consider manufacturing. Here are my top 10:
More opportunities: With approximately 680,000 manufacturing jobs statewide, high-paying and career development opportunities are right here in Ohio. There is no reason to look elsewhere.
Debt-Free Careers: In 2020 (the most recent year available), Ohio manufacturing employees earned an average of $65,000. Some subsectors paid more than $100,000 on average. With so much attention paid to student loan debt, young Ohioans should know that careers in manufacturing can help them avoid debt in the first place, by offering well above average wages.
Outstanding Benefits: Manufacturing has one of the highest percentages of workers eligible for employer-provided health benefits. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 95% of manufacturing employees were eligible for health insurance benefits as of 2020.
Career evolution: With few barriers to entry – and Ohio’s skills development initiatives, like TechCred – there are many opportunities for growth, promotions and advancement in all areas of manufacturing, including IT, finance, marketing, operations and more.
Ohio’s #1 Industry: Of Ohio’s 20 major economic sectors, manufacturing is the largest, providing an annual payroll of $42 billion. In the first quarter of 2022, Ohio’s annual manufacturing GDP was nearly $128 billion. And only California and Texas have more manufacturing employees.
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Tomorrow’s technology today: From 3D printing to machining to next-gen robotics, today’s manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and building the future before our eyes. From an innovation and emerging technology perspective, there is no more exciting industry.
economic power: Manufacturing is the lifeblood of our local, state and national economies. On its own, the US manufacturing sector would be the eighth largest economy in the world – and Ohio is a major driver as one of the largest manufacturing states.
Produce for the world: Ohio provides the planet with the goods it needs and wants. Ohio exports approximately $50 billion worth of goods to more than 200 countries and territories.
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Priority to a healthier planet: Manufacturers are leaders in the development of sustainable energy. Federal data shows gross output by US manufacturers has increased 12% since 1998, while fuel consumption has fallen 16%. In Ohio, manufacturers are at the forefront of reducing, reusing and recycling the waste generated.
Many employers to choose from: Ohio has more than 13,750 manufacturing companies statewide – and Ohio’s 88 counties offer rewarding career opportunities in manufacturing.
Ohioans who want to explore manufacturing careers for themselves — or their family members — should first visit MakingOhio.com. Then visit the makers in your community, especially those that open during maker month.
There’s never been a more exciting time to learn about manufacturing in Ohio.
Ryan Augsburger is president of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, which represents approximately 1,500 manufacturers statewide.