The Manufacturing cluster is about combining a love of technology, engineering, and design with planning and organization skills to transform materials into products. Career opportunities are available in production, process development, quality assurance, logistics, safety, and machinery maintenance, installation, and repair.
Among the manufacturing occupations consisting of 5,000 or more jobs throughout Virginia, electrical and electronics engineering technicians are expected to experience the highest rate of growth. There are many smaller occupations, however, with higher projected rates of growth. Several of these occupations involve medical product manufacturing, including ophthalmic laboratory technicians, who cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses and contact lenses; dental laboratory technicians, who construct and repair dentures and dental appliances; and medical appliance technicians, who manufacture prosthetic devices and other surgical and medical appliances. Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers should also see their future job prospects expand.
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Occupational Projections: 2018-2028
In 2018 there were 179,203 manufacturing jobs throughout Virginia, but by 2028, that number is expected to decline by 1,581 to 177,622. This represents a 0.9% decrease in the number of manufacturing jobs in Virginia, which is slightly better than the 1.5% job contraction projected for the same occupations at the national level.
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|Top 10 Occupations by Size||2018 Estimated Number of Jobs in Virginia||Annual Virginia Median Wage||Typical Education, Training, and Work Experience Requirements|
|Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks||15,098||$35,190||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers||12,768||$65,000||High School Diploma; Work Experience|
|Packers and Packagers, Hand||12,142||$24,790||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers||10,219||$41,920||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics||9,854||$53,860||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||9,255||$48,280||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks||8,165||$56,000||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Helpers--Production Workers||6,379||$29,240||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians||6,009||$74,800||Associate Degree or Some College|
|Production Workers, All Other||5,488||$24,070||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
Data Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Virginia Employment Commission; Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE VERSO – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. VERSO is organized by program area, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Manufacturing:
- Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance (Word)
- Logistics Inventory Control (Word)
- Maintenance, Installation & Repair (Word)
- Manufacturing Production Process Development (Word)
- Production (Word)
- Quality Assurance (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Manufacturing
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
Current research relative to employment sectors and information on occupation supply and demand. The information is presented in two formats: a summary brief and a detailed report.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
- Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation
- American Apparel and Footwear Association
- Virginia Manufacturers Association
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