The Critical Need in American manufacturing

Age 56
The current average age of a high-skilled worker is 56. Critical shortages are imminent.
Up to 75%
Up to
Up to 75% of current manufactures have reported shortages in skilled workers.
About 57%
Industry experts predict that 57% of all jobs will require skilled training by 2018.

Employers are having a difficult time filling open jobs.

This finding may seem surprising, considering as many as 39% of people under 25 are unemployed or underemployed. Many employers cite a lack of necessary skills among applicants. Managers need workers with the ability to be productive immediately, not candidates who may need extra training to do well in a job.

The Industry

Extra $24K
Oklahoma manufacturers pay $24,000 more than other non-farm employers.
Grown by 4.3%
Grown by
Manufacturing jobs have steadily grown by 4.3% from 2010 to 2013.
About 4,378
There are currently 4,378 manufacturing establishments in the state of Oklahoma.

Manufacturing jobs are critical to the U.S. economy.

Over 70% of Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong economy and national defense. In 2013, manufacturing contributed $2.08 trillion to the economy and currently supports 17.4 million jobs in the U.S.

The Career Opportunity for You

Over $60K
Manufacturing workers in Oklahoma average $60,473 in annual compensation.
About 90%
Approximately 90% of all U.S. manufacturing workers receive medical benefits.
Average 78%
78% of U.S. manufacturing workers receive retirement contributions from employers.

Career training offers vast financial opportunities.

Manufacturers in the U.S. are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards. U.S. Manufacturers also perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.