More People Needed for Manufacturing Jobs in Iowa
A new campaign called “Elevate” is being launched to try and get people interested in advanced manufacturing in Iowa.
By 2018 there will be a shortage of 6,672 skilled workers in that sector, which are positions that offer attractive pay and benefits. Susan Dunek is with Southeastern Community College and is part of the campaign…
“One of the facts that we site in our campaign is that the average manufacturing worker makes over $77,000 a year including pay and benefits. The average worker in other industries makes around $60,000. So it really is an attractive place to build a career.”
Dunek thinks people have an “old-fashioned” idea of what a manufacturing job consists of…
“I think its the perception that it might be unpleasant, dirty, or an unsafe work environment. If you think back to the old idea of what a factory or an assembly line operation looks like, that’s very seldom the case anymore. These jobs require skills and people to be actively engaged with the way they do work. It’s really an exciting place for people to be.”
There are opportunities at all 15 Iowa Community Colleges to receive the training needed for a manufacturing career.