Frequently Asked Questions

What is advanced manufacturing?

Today's manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities, and fast-paced work environments. The days of a dirty environment and harsh working conditions are gone. Today's facilities are safe, well-lit, ventilated and high tech.  Modern manufacturing is a sophisticated professional workplace that incorporates automation, 3-D printing, screen technology, and robotics. It's now a dynamic field of opportunity and innovation that promises a career path and job security.  Advanced manufacturing careers are sophisticated, with opportunities in the industry from marketing and logistics to technical, production professionals, supervisors and management.

What is AMP it up!/Dream It. Do It.?

As advanced manufacturing grows in Massachusetts, more skilled jobs exist than workers to fill them. A large percentage of the current manufacturing workforce is also approaching retirement, creating a need for younger workers to take its place.

These openings are good news for students who like to build things and solve problems and who may or may not want to go to a four-year college or work in a white-collar job. High-paying opportunities are available now and in the future in the rapidly expanding advanced manufacturing field.

How many manufacturing jobs are available?

In 2012, there were approximately 250,000 manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts.

In a recent survey, 60% of manufacturing companies in Massachusetts expected to grow in the next 10 years, with most saying they will add jobs. A recent report revealed that 100,000 advanced manufacturing jobs will be added in our state alone over the next decade.

How much can I earn?

Despite the fact that many manufacturing workers have less formal education than other workers in Massachusetts, the wages and salaries of advanced manufacturing employees tend to be relatively high. The average annual salary in manufacturing was $75,000 in 2010. This number is expected to grow and was higher than salaries of workers in the construction, real estate, education, government, and healthcare sectors.

The highest manufacturing wages are found in the high-tech and medium-tech durable goods industries, including computers and peripheral equipment, pharmaceutical and medicine production, aerospace products, electrical equipment, and industrial machinery. To learn more about your earning potential, click here.

Are you saying I shouldn't go to college?

Absolutely not. Students and parents should make this decision. Many highly-paid advanced manufacturing jobs don't require degrees, but many advanced manufacturing careers and earnings are greatly elevated by going to a two-year or four-year college. 

How does someone start a career in advanced manufacturing?

You can start your career by studying at a vocational school, community college, or university/college. Some people just learn on the job. For a listing of schools that offer training in advanced manufacturing, click here.

What is AMP it up!?

AMP it up! is a campaign that provides information to students, guidance counselors, and parents about the many lucrative job opportunities available in the Massachusetts advanced manufacturing field.

Resources available through AMP it up! include information on schools, companies, industry facts, grant information, and  related news. The program highlights that careers in advanced manufacturing are highly skilled, well-paying, and intellectually challenging.