Our Industry

Our industry produces nearly every product you and your family use on a daily basis—from the materials used to build your home and car to the clothes you wear to the food you eat. 

Manufacturing is a crucial part of the U.S. economy and directly employs more than 12.3 million Americans, which equals about 9% of the American workforce. 

Since 1990, the manufacturing industry has quadrupled its exported goods, and continues to act as a cornerstone to the American economy. In fact, if manufacturing were measured on its own, it would be the ninth-largest economy in the world. With the size of this industry’s national and global footprint, manufacturing makes a significant impact on the economy and daily life of Americans.


With highly technical military and leadership training, military service members and spouses have skills surpassing those of civilian job seekers who are competing for jobs in advanced manufacturing. 

For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, the industry and its professionals generate $1.81 for the economy. Investing in the future of manufacturing by adding a skilled workforce like those from the military is an investment in the overall economy. Click on the button below to view careers in high demand in this influential industry on the Deep Dive page.

Steps to Get Started 

Ready to learn more? Use the steps below to help you learn more about the Manufacturing Industry, people like you who have made successful transitions into their civilian careers and what jobs are available. Don't worry about taking them in order; these are just guidelines for you as you familiarize yourself with the industry and what it offers.

First, review stories about those who have successfully transitioned into the Manufacturing industry. Click on the button below to view success stories.

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Second, speak with industry leaders about different career paths and opportunities available in Manufacturing. Click on the button to view employers.


Third, search and apply for jobs in careers that fit you best. Click on the button below to search for jobs in the Manufacturing industry.