INFOGRAPHIC: Automation & Specialization of Manufacturing Jobs in America
The American manufacturing industry is charging ahead. Despite losing five million jobs over the past decade due to automation and offshoring, the American manufacturing industry is now producing up to 12 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. That’s the same percentage of product produced in 1960, but with three times the growth in productivity experienced in 1978.
Many workers now require a college degree to operate in the manufacturing industry due to technological advances in tools for engineering. As a result, the industry plans to open its doors to 3.5 million new workers who are skilled in advanced machinery by 2027. This a huge victory for the U.S. with its manufacturing companies now reshoring once more to advance the nation’s productivity.