America’s manufacturing

While searching through the “freshly pressed” section, I came across a very interesting blog about American manufacturing.  The blog is titled simplyamericadotnet and it reviews the current situation with jobs in the manufacturing sector of the US economy.  The most recent post is about how there are many manufacturing jobs available right now, but not enough certified people to fill them.  Although this is currently the case, larger numbers of Americans are completing certifications required for these jobs.  The author thinks there are several reasons why people don’t consider manufacturing jobs while searching for employment.  These have to do with the stereotypes associated with college degrees and which jobs pay well.  The majority of his other posts are also focused on American manufacturing, as he is currently writing a book about creating jobs in the US manufacturing sector called, “Simply Life.”

I felt as though this blog provides great means for comparison between what we have been discussing with electronics manufacturing at factories such as Foxconn and American manufacturing.  We have always discussed manufacturing jobs in China as undesirable because of harsh conditions and low pay.  These jobs are often the bottom of the pecking order and can even be life threatening.  This blog reviews American manufacturing jobs as appealing.  Once someone completes a certification, they can be fairly sure that they will be able to find a job due to the large number that are available.  Not only is there a demand for manufacturing workers, the pay is also decent.  This is a growing sector, so who wouldn’t want to be part of it? Manufacturing workers in China and the United States both make products for American consumers, but are completely opposite in terms of desirability.

3 thoughts on “America’s manufacturing

  1. This is a pretty cool blog post. I know it is hard to see for most students at Bucknell, but I think that most of american society accepts the idea of a blue collar type of lifestyle. Even all the pop country music that we listen to talk mostly about shift work and labor type jobs. So the idea of manufacturing is a great way to have employment while having a “simple life”.

  2. I also have a feeling that the manufacturing jobs mostly appeal to immigrant workers who wants to get a simple job and decent pay. The main reason the Americans don’t like manufacturing is 1) boring, 2) few chance to socialize at work place, 3) few chance of career development. If there is more opportunity for career development towards management in manufacturing sector, I am sure it will appeal more to Americans.

  3. I think that is what his book is going to focus a lot on. His mission is to convince Americans that working in the manufacturing sector can be rewarding both mentally and financially, if approached correctly. Many jobs require specific certifications, so even if you do not go to college, you can still pursue further education in a certain field. Mary- I didn’t even think about how it is pretty relevant at Bucknell. I completely agree with your point about students at Bucknell not really realizing that manufacturing jobs are acceptable career paths, as unfortunate as it is. I have definitely noticed that myself!

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