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Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. You might design a new product, decide how the product will be made, or make the product. You might work on cars, computers, appliances, airplanes, or electronic devices.

The careers below are sorted by education level. Click on the section title to see the careers in it. Click on the name of the career to learn more.

The symbol indemand icon indicates a career is in high demand.

High school or less

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators

Aircraft Structure and Systems Assemblers

Butchers and Meat Cutters indemand icon

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters indemand icon

Chemical Equipment Operators indemand icon

Chemical Plant and System Operators

Chemical Technicians

Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairers indemand icon

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators

Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators

Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators indemand icon

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators indemand icon

Dental Laboratory Technicians

Drilling and Boring Machine Operators

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

Etchers and Engravers

Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators indemand icon

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators indemand icon

Fabric Menders

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Food Baking and Drying Machine Operators

Food Batchmakers indemand icon

Food Cooking Machine Operators indemand icon

Forging Machine Operators

Foundry Mold and Coremakers

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators

Furniture Finishers

Gas Plant Operators

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators indemand icon

Hand Cutters and Trimmers

Hand Grinding and Polishing Workers

Hand Sewers

Heat Treating Equipment Operators

Home Appliance Repairers

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers indemand icon

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

Machine Feeders and Offbearers

Machinery Maintenance Workers indemand icon

Maintenance and Repair Workers indemand icon

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters indemand icon

Medical Appliance Technicians

Metal Pourers and Casters

Metal and Plastic Layout Workers

Metal and Plastic Model Makers

Metal and Plastic Patternmakers

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators

Milling and Planing Machine Operators

Mixing and Blending Machine Operators indemand icon

Molders, Shapers, and Casters

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators indemand icon

Multiple Machine Tool Operators indemand icon

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators indemand icon

Painting and Decorating Workers

Paper Goods Machine Operators indemand icon

Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Plating and Coating Machine Operators

Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Power Plant Operators

Production Helpers indemand icon

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks indemand icon

Recordkeeping Weighers and Checkers

Rolling Machine Operators

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

Semiconductor Processors

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Operators indemand icon

Sewing Machine Operators indemand icon

Shoe Machine Operators

Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Slaughterers and Meat Packers indemand icon

Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers indemand icon

Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers indemand icon

Synthetic and Glass Fiber Extruding and Forming Machine Operators

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators

Textile Cutting Machine Operators

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Operators

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Operators

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

Tire Builders

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Transportation Equipment Painters


Vending and Amusement Machine Repairers

Watch Repairers

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers indemand icon

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators

Wood Model Makers

Wood Patternmakers

Wood Sawing Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators indemand icon

Vocational training

Associate's degree