Manufacturing regional sw/sc labor market information

There are numerous non-traditional manufacturing occupations for women, including maintenance and repair workers, machinists, industrial machinery mechanics, CNC machine operators and mechanical engineers. Manufacturing is the largest industry in the region. One (1) in five (5) jobs are at manufacturers in Southwest & South Central Minnesota.

Team assemblers, first-line supervisors, machinists, and more are the most common jobs found and in-demand manufacturing fi­rms in Minnesota, according to DEED’s Occupational Staffing Matrix data. In addition to production occupations, manufacturers also require the services of workers in several other occupational groups, such as office and administrative support, sales, information technology, transportation and material moving, architecture and engineering, management, and installation, maintenance and repair. Production-related manufacturing occupations can be gained with a high school diploma and learned through on-the-job training for entrance into the industry. Higher wages and career advancement require experience to gain more valuable skills, or education beyond a high-school diploma.

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