Industry Market Trends

Survey Reveals Top Industries Hiring Manufacturing Workers

Aug 06, 2013

Almost half of manufacturing workers claim they are unhappy with their jobs, but most admit that they believe finding a new position is more of a challenge than it was a year ago, according to a new Monster Worldwide Inc. survey.

Nearly 6,000 job-seekers who are currently employed or desire employment in the next 12 months took the survey, which reflects that while job hunting may be a challenge, 49 percent agree that there are more job openings in the industry than last year. Even so, many of these workers note higher competition for positions, claiming that the job market is saturated with qualified talent in their expertise-despite a widely reported industry skills gap.

"Manufacturing jobs on Monster are viewed close to three million times every month, indicating substantial demand for them," according to Jeffrey Quinn, vice president of Monster's

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Global Insights, in a statement. "Maybe finding the right job is just a matter of bringing their talents to another industry in need."

A surge in manufacturing production in July, as reported by the Institute for Supply Management, could also point to a positive sign for hiring, as manufacturing activity picks up, with new factory orders at a two-year high last month.

Other new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics also reveals that manufacturers added 6,000 workers in July, driven by gains in the motor vehicle demand, after four months of declines in the overall manufacturing sector. While the growth is modest, manufacturing leaders continue to remain cautious over hiring as they wait for a stronger economic marketplace, according to Chad Moutray, the chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Manufacturing talent looking to shift gears to new work can consider non-traditional industry jobs. According to the survey, published on, the top industries to hiring workers include pharmaceutical preparation, radio and television broadcasting, and wireless communications equipment. Meanwhile, the top 10 markets for manufacturing jobs in descending order are Houston, New York City, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Okla., and Cleveland.

The top spots for jobs are different according to another report based on data compiled by NAM, which revealed the states with the greatest manufacturing job gains from December 2009 to March 2013 are Michigan, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Below is the full list of top industries hiring manufacturing workers in 2013. The survey indicates that many new hires in the manufacturing and production industries are being managed by placement industries or turnkey.

  1. Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
  2. Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing
  3. Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  4. Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
  5. Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing
  6. Aircraft Manufacturing
  7. All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing
  8. Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing
  9. Electronic Computer Manufacturing
  10. Soft Drink Manufacturing