Over the next decade it is expected that 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will have to be filled. The news of more job availability indicates the growth of manufacturing, but companies face a major problem. Despite the large projection in the number of jobs, 2 million are expected to remain empty due to the large skills gap. There will be 2.7 million baby boomers in manufacturing that will retire, but only 1.4 million jobs will then be filled.
By Carolyn Stephen