The Manufacturing cluster is about planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Today, highly automated manufacturing requires extremely technical skills. Employers continue to need machinists as they purchase new equipment, modify production techniques, and implement design changes more rapidly. Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers are needed as the use of sophisticated manufacturing machinery requires proper maintenance. The Quality Assurance and Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathways are projected to employ 103,600 Virginians.
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Employment Projections: 2012-2022
The Manufacturing Cluster, which employed nearly 286,000 Virginians in 2012, is expected to employ 14,000 more Virginia workers in 2022. This represents about 5 percent growth over the decade, for a total of about 300,000. The anticipated national average growth of 3 percent among all occupations in this cluster is a figure based on Trailblazers analysis of information from Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on occupations in the Manufacturing Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
What They Make...
2013 Median Wage
2022 Projected Employment
Predominant Level of Education
Employed in Virginia
|Maintenance and Repair Workers||$36,160||36,047||High School diploma & training; Certification||32,438|
|Production Supervisors||$57,790||14,003||High School diploma & work experience||13,845|
|Purchasing Agents||$70,800||12,858||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||12,178|
|Team Assemblers||$26,300||10,736||High School diploma & training; Certification||10,451|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||$39,230||9,901||High School diploma & training; Certification & work experience||9,133|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics||$44,150||9,685||High School diploma & training; Certification||8,029|
|Inspectors, Testers, and Weighers||$33,580||8,757||High School diploma & training; Certification||8,207|
|Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks||$47,450||8,516||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||7,865|
|Machinists||$42,370||8,284||High School diploma & training; Certification||7,459|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians||$63,010||5,458||Some college; Associate degree||5,033|
|Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers||$30,290||3,584||High School diploma||3,870|
|Industrial Production Managers||$102,300||2,645||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||2,648|
|Mechanical Drafters||$52,670||2,594||Some college; Associate degree||2,648|
|Maintenance Workers, Machinery||$45,060||2,529||High School diploma & training; Certification||2,196|
|Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters||$28,790||2,375||High School diploma & training; Certification||2,514|
|Industrial Engineering Technicians||$51,320||1,292||Some college; Associate degree||1,222|
|Chemical Technicians||$40,860||1,290||Bachelor's degree or more||1,166|
|Tool and Die Makers||$48,760||1,052||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||1,040|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers||$32,390||1,025||High School diploma||1,109|
|Power Plant Operators||$44,250||520||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||583|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Manufacturing:
- Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance (Word)
- Logistics Inventory Control (Word)
- Maintenance, Installation & Repair (Word)
- Manufacturing Production Process Development (Word)
- Production (Word)
- Quality Assurance (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Manufacturing
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
Current research relative to employment sectors and information on occupation supply and demand. The information is presented in two formats: a summary brief and a detailed report.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
- Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation
- American Apparel and Footwear Association
- Virginia Manufacturers Association
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2016 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.