The best manufacturing and logistics jobs in 2017

  • career advice
  • February 07, 2017
There’s a big shift happening in warehouses and factories, on shop floors and assembly lines around the country. It all points to this: There is a high demand for general manufacturing positions or trade skills that complement automation and information technology.
Each year Randstad identifies the hot jobs for the coming year, using extensive research into staffing data, 2017 U.S. economic projections, market research and trends. And what we see are job openings that sound familiar, with a twist.

The hot jobs

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), there are currently 12.4 million manufacturing workers in the U.S., accounting for 9 percent of the workforce. And manufacturers are predicted to fill close to 3.5 million jobs over the next decade. Here’s where we see the highest direct-hire demand:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers and millwrights, for example, will grow 16 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Our staffing experts also noticed a growth trend in several key temporary positions:

The bottom line

Our permanent and temporary hot jobs can be found in every market across the country; however, competition can be tough in the areas where there is a large amount of job candidates. There is a new push toward hiring employees who bring additional education, training or certification with them. That doesn’t always mean college, but anything that makes you adaptable in the workplace will help you stand out from the crowd of job seekers.

Take advantage of opportunities to learn and positions that offer software training, certifications, continuing education or apprenticeships. Focus on adding new skills you can take with you or use to grow in your career.

See our full list of the best manufacturing and logistics jobs in 2017.

If you or your friends are looking for a new job opportunity, Randstad is here to help! Visit our website and search for open positions in your area.