New “hi tech manufacturing jobs” will require employees with more skills

Joe Biden made a point to say in his party''s acceptance speech that he would like to see "five million new hi-tech manufacturing jobs."

Whether you agree with Joe Biden’s politics or not, it was refreshing to hear his speech writer acknowledge tonight that millions of new manufacturing jobs would be created “right here in America”. That sentiment is 180 degrees from his prior boss who infamously proclaimed that those same manufacturing jobs are “gone and not coming back“.

United States manufacturing has changed in the last three years in two fundamental ways. First, Donald Trump proved that manufacturing jobs could come back to the United States when the US Government pushes international competitors to practice more equitable trade deals. Up until March of 2020, employment numbers in the United States were at all time highs, with a rebound in manufacturing jobs leading the way.

The second half of the ‘manufacturing jobs in America’ equation came as a result of being hit with a once in a century pandemic that put a freeze on importation and exposed the United States over reliance on other countries to manufacture critical products to nation’s economic well-being.

This perfect storm has made manufacturing jobs a priority again for both political parties. More new jobs, with new job descriptions, and a new set of requirements, means new job training programs. The programs may be backed by state or federal government. In some cases they might also be driven by the hiring companies.

While new manufacturing jobs won’t appear over night, they are coming. Pay attention to what’s happening where you live If needed be prepared to move to where these new jobs will be. In the meantime you may want to sign up for Career.Training’s monthly manufacturing jobs alert reviewing who is hiring, and what skills are required to fill the jobs.