Still think that manufacturing is a cold, faceless assembly line? Think again. From the Internet of Things (IoT) to Artificial Intelligence (AI), manufacturing is undergoing a period of rapid digital transformation. When you join a manufacturing company, you have the opportunity to make an immediate and significant impact, shaping both the company’s future and charting a new path for the industry as a whole. Plus, with the industry eager to onboard young talent, companies are offering competitive packages and rapid advancement pathways.

Tech-savvy millennials are primed to reshape manufacturing, yet many continue to overlook the industry’s myriad opportunities. In fact, only 30 percent of millennials find a career in manufacturing desirable, according to a recent study from APICS, APQC, and SCMR. Don’t make the same mistake. Here’s what it’s really like to work in manufacturing:

You’ll make an immediate impact.

Paying your dues and waiting to take on real responsibility can be a slow, frustrating process at some companies. In the manufacturing industry, however, digital disruption is rapidly transforming how companies do business and there’s an immediate need for talent to support this transformation. For example, I recently helped a manufacturing company land a sought-after new hire because the company offered the chance to build a new program from the ground up. The new hire will help the company grow its technological capabilities in an exciting direction, making a meaningful contribution from day one.

You’ll advance your career quickly.

We’ve all found ourselves stuck in jobs that don’t deliver on a promised promotion or pathway to professional advancement. Manufacturing is different. Few industries offer such significant opportunities for rapid professional advancement. Manufacturing companies are upping their onboarding and continuing education offerings, helping new hires get up to speed quickly on the industry’s challenges, keeping their technical skills fresh, and promoting high-achievers.

You’ll be in the heart of the action.

Don’t sit on the sidelines. With a manufacturing career, you’ll be at the forefront of some of the most impactful products and companies in the world. You aren’t just shaping a business. As “first to market” with new business models and products, you’re charting a new course for an entire industry.

We’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible in manufacturing thanks to IoT-connected sensors, AI-powered automation, AR/VR applications like digital twinning, and blockchain-powered supply chains. If you have the technical skills to support IoT, AI, AR/VR, or blockchain, you can jump ahead quickly and build a rewarding career.

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