Skills in Demand: Especially True in Manufacturing

By September 14, 2008Education and Training

The Arizona Republic publishes a thorough, well-reported story on the demand for skilled employees in manufacturing, “Tech skills bring way to cash in on a career“:

Right out of high school, Rhett Sweeney got a job with full benefits as a precision machinist. At age 20, he bought a $150,000 house in Mesa.

Two months after graduating from a trade school, Justin Griswold started working as a diesel mechanic and bought a house in Buckeye and a new truck. This year, at 28, he expects to earn $55,000.

A strong grasp of technology enables these young men to earn middle-class wages in what were traditionally blue-collar jobs, and their career choices demonstrate how people can thrive in the 21st-century economy without a four-year college degree. 

Computer technology has revolutionized the workplace, but nowhere have the changes been as dramatic as in jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees.

The NAM/Manufacturing Institute-inspired campaign, “Dream It. Do It.” is mentioned.

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