Production occupations, which include many manufacturing and trades occupations, is projected to decline 4 percent, with a loss of about 423,000 jobs from 2019-2029. Fewer workers are expected to be needed in the manufacturing sector as many processes have become computer-controlled. The median annual wage for production occupations was $36,000 in May 2019.

Installation, maintenance and repair occupations are projected to grow 3 percent, resulting in about 173,300 jobs Median annual wage for these occupation was $46,630 in 2019.

Construction and extractions occupations are projected to grow 4 percent, gaining about 296,300 jobs. Median annual wage for these occupations was $47,430 in 2019.

Career Experience & Exposure Opportunities

  • Manufacturing Day
  • Shipyard Apprenticeship
  • Shipyard STEM MX Trailer Event
  • Internships & Job Shadows

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WJCC Schools Related Courses

New Horizons Courses

  • Auto Collision and Refinishing I, II, III
  • Building Construction I, II, II
  • Electricity and Renewable Energy
  • HVAC I, II
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting
  • Precision Machining
  • Mechatronics
  • Welding I, II

Sample Jobs in the Manufacturing & Trades Field

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career TitleMean Annual SalaryEducation Requirements
Electrical Line Installer and Repairer$65,700High School Diploma or Equivalent/Vocational Training/Apprenticeship
Automotive Service Technician & Mechanic$42,090Associate’s Degree/Certification
Industrial Machinery Mechanic$52,860High School Diploma or Equivalent/Apprenticeship/Associate’s Degree
Electrician$56,180High School Diploma or Equivalent/Vocational Training/Apprenticeship
Welder$42,490High School Diploma/Vocational School
Plumber, Pipefitter, and Steamfitter$55,160High School Diploma or Equivalent