most in-demand jobs manufacturing and logistics.

what you need to know

Automation and new technologies are transforming the way manufacturers and warehouses operate. And while it hasn't eliminated the need for workers on the ground to keep things running, it's increased the need for a talent pool with technical expertise and digital skills.

top in-demand manufacturing and logistics jobs

1. assembler

job description: Assemblers put together products according to specific needs, following blueprints and other written and verbal specifications. They mount and connect auxiliary, mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment. Sometimes, they cut and fit pipes and tubing, align components and bolt, screw or otherwise fashion them together.

skills or certifications needed: mechanical assembly, soldering, hand tools, reading comprehension, operation monitoring, attention to detail

average salary: $18.59/hour

low: $14.97/hour

high: $21.77/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • mechanical assembly
  • soldering
  • hand tools
  • reading comprehension
  • operation monitoring

2. picker packer

job description: A picker packer packs wrapped or packaged products into shipping containers, following shipping specifications. Seals, glues, nails, labels, bands and/or stencils shipping containers to assure closure and proper protection and identification. May form shipping containers including boxes, crates, cartons or other shipping containers. May use of hand and power tools to form shipping container according to blueprints or other specifications. May weigh product to verify accuracy of packing machine scales.

skills or certifications needed: order pulling, order packing, sorting, labeling packages, moving goods, scanners, detail-oriented, communication skills

skills or certifications needed:

  • order pulling
  • order packing
  • sorting
  • labeling packages
  • scanners

average salary: $14.47/hour

low: $12.45/hour

high: $16.24/hour

3. materials handler

job description: A materials handler loads, unloads and moves materials within or near a plant, yard or worksite. Reads work order or follows verbal instructions to ascertain materials or containers to be moved. Opens containers using steel cutters, crowbar or clawhammer. Loads and unloads materials onto or from pallets, trays and racks. Loads materials into vehicles and installs strapping, bracing or padding to prevent shifting or damage in transit using hand tools. Conveys materials from storage or worksites to designated area.

skills or certifications needed: moving goods, sorting goods, communication skills, reading, detail oriented

skills or certifications needed:

  • moving goods
  • sorting goods
  • communication skills
  • reading
  • detail oriented

average salary: $16.86/hour

low: $13.74/hour

high: $19.67/hour

4. warehouse worker

job description: A warehouse laborer loads and unloads materials in warehouse. Reads work order, shipping order or follows verbal instructions. Loads and unloads materials into or from vehicles and installs strapping, bracing or padding to prevent shifting or damage in transit, using hand tools. Loads and unloads materials onto or from pallets, trays, racks and shelves. Conveys materials from storage or work sites to designated area, using hand truck, electric dolly, wheelbarrow or other device.

skills or certifications needed: moving goods, sorting, communication skills, reading, detail oriented

average salary: $17.65/hour

low: $14.65/hour

high: $19.70/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • moving goods
  • sorting
  • communication skills
  • reading
  • detail oriented

5. forklift operator

job description: A forklift operator operates and drives an industrial truck equipped with lifting devices, such as forklift, boom, scoop, lift beam and swivel-hook, fork-grapple, clamps, elevating platform or trailer hitch, to push, pull, lift, stack or tier products, equipment or materials in warehouse/storage yard/factory. Moves levers and presses pedals to drive and control movement of lifting apparatus. Positions forks around loaded pallets, skids, boxes, products and transports load to designated area.

skills or certifications needed: forklift, warehouse, forklift operation, packing/unpacking/stocking, physical fitness, loading, safety, unloading, scanning

skills or certifications needed:

  • forklift
  • warehouse
  • forklift operation
  • packing/unpacking/stocking
  • loading

average salary: $18.17/hour

low: $15.05/hour

high: $20.73/hour

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