As the modern world evolves, so too will the manufacturing industry. If you are considering a career in manufacturing, you may be wondering how the industry will evolve in the next decade and what that will mean for your career.
Although it is impossible to predict everything about the future and what lies ahead, there are some key aspects of the industry that will likely progress in predictable ways. Keep reading to learn more about how the manufacturing industry will change as time goes on, and the many opportunities that will exist within the industry in ten years time.
Although it is likely that manufacturing companies will continue to invest in robotics and automated machines to make production processes more efficient and less dangerous, there is little validity in the common rhetoric that robots are stealing away the jobs of manufacturing workers.
In fact, the opposite is really true. Although robotics make the work involved in manufacturing a whole lot easier, they are not entirely independent beings. Robots and machines still need to be designed, programmed, maintained, operated, and repaired by humans. By taking away the grueling work that is oftentimes involved in certain manufacturing, employees can instead focus their attention on learning the technological side of the processes of manufacturing. By allowing robots to perform tedious tasks, the industry shifts away from its one more risky and harmful work, to instead providing an opportunity for more people to become highly skilled at operating and programming machinery and technology.
The manufacturing industry is, in essence, an answer to demand. Production is a key asset to our society and oftentimes it can be very difficult to exactly gauge what or how much is needed to truly fill a need. With the use of data analytics and data sets, manufacturers are able to better calculate and predict what is needed.
This strategy is not only helpful for making sure that people in society have their needs fulfilled, but also can help to decrease waste and excess production. This cuts down on unnecessary labor and creates a larger profit margin for the producer, therefore lowering the price for the consumer as well.
Also referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, industry 4.0 mainly refers to the realm and integration of highly advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and cyber security. Although it is unclear exactly how these tools will affect the manufacturing industry in ten years time or more, it is likely that they will be utilized to better streamline processes and optimize production.
This could be similar to the aforementioned process improvements, or could also involve the reinvention of certain procedures. Whatever it is, it will certainly be interesting to watch unfold and will be a great help to the improvement of our industry.
Sustainability and the Environment
One of the most pressing matters currently, the sustainability and environmental impact of the manufacturing industry will likely be something that is addressed in the near future. What solutions may arise are unknown, however, any improvements or changes that can be made to the industry to ensure that manufacturing supports both a prosperous today and tomorrow will be very welcome.
The creation of sustainability and eco-boards within manufacturing corporations will not only be good for the planet, but also create new jobs and discourses between industries. Encouraging cooperation as we all look towards our goal of creating a better future.
As time wears on, it will be likely that more manufacturing and production will begin to return to the United States. Although in more recent years we saw a lot of exporting and global trade within the industry, as people realize the importance of production within countries, more and more companies will likely make the choice to manufacture within the country instead of continuing to export.
This will be great not only for job creation within the country, but also the entire overall economic output of our country. Manufacturing is an incredible contributor to the GDP of a country, at an estimated 10% contribution level, which will only grow as more production moves back to the U.S.
More Growth, More Opportunity
As the manufacturing industry continues to modernize, it will only continue to improve in all facets. Job opportunities will shift and change to reflect the changing world, but they will not dissipate. They will simply require different skills, as robots and technology are leaned against to reduce the harmful and risky aspects of production.
If you choose to pursue a career in manufacturing, you can be confident in your decision, knowing that you are entering an industry that will continue to grow and improve as technology advances. Contact AMTEP today to learn about our free training and expansion program and get started on your new career path.