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As Production Wages Fall, Manufacturers Emphasize High Tech Jobs

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 25, 2014

Large_Operations_Room.jpgAsk most people what comes to mind when they think about manufacturing, and they will conjure the image of masses of semi-skilled workers toiling away on loud, dirty assembly lines. Never mind that this image bears little resemblance to today’s reality of clean, highly-automated production environments in which fewer people are surrounded by more computers and machines.

But it’s hard to change such deeply ingrained, culturally-reinforced perceptions, particularly because most of the people who subscribe to them have never had cause to experience a modern plant in action.

An equally ingrained perception—and one that also hasn’t been true for some time—is of manufacturing as the most important source of well-paying jobs for semi-skilled workers climbing into the middle class. Manufacturing certainly played this role at one time. But, as we and others have often reported, offshoring, automation, and the increasing globalization of most manufacturing industries have rendered this another outdated perception. Although manufacturing activity appears to be on the upswing in the U.S., and reshoring appears to be on the rise, the plentiful, relatively high-paying plant floor jobs that characterized manufacturing in the post-war period have gone away, and they are not coming back.

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