Creators wanted — opportunity abounds in manufacturing

Michigan, here’s the puzzler of the day: What do you get when you have more job openings — rewarding, well-paying work in critical fields to our economy — than people to fill them?

Answer: A job seeker’s paradise. And we’re here to tell you that out of all the careers out there, modern manufacturing has some of the best opportunities you can find.

We’re not just saying, “Help wanted.” We’re saying, “Creators Wanted.”

Michigan’s manufacturing community is growing quickly, and companies of all sizes — from small, family-owned businesses to major corporations — are looking to grow their teams. In fact, manufacturers across the state need to hire more than 20,000 employees to get the workforce back to pre-pandemic level. And Michigan isn’t alone; Today there are nearly 1 million manufacturing jobs available nationwide.

And these aren’t your grandparents’ (or even your parents’) manufacturing jobs. They are advanced manufacturing careers for creators with a wide array of skills and educational experience. The latest data from Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed that manufacturers — more than any other sector — had listed the most internships. And these opportunities are available for creators to contribute from every level of education and experience.

So, who are manufacturers looking to hire? If you’ve ever imagined yourself working to improve people’s lives, making the next big thing that could impact the world, or taking something that already exists and making it better, you’re a great fit for manufacturing. Manufacturers are in the business of taking dreams and turning them into reality. In short, manufacturers are looking for creators.

Organizations are making major investments to remodel and reimagine manufacturing for the future. We’re implementing advanced digital technologies like 3D printing, robotics and augmented and virtual reality. And we’re protecting the planet — making our operations cleaner and more energy efficient, enabling growth while eliminating waste and reducing our carbon footprint.

But don’t just take our word for it. Come see for yourself.

The Creators Wanted Tour Live — a firsthand look at the reality of modern manufacturing — welcomes job seekers, students, parents, teachers and community leaders to learn more about the skills and creativity that go into modern manufacturing jobs. This interactive event will visit Midland July 13-16, coinciding with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA Tour. The Creators Wanted event will be a place where you can ask questions, get career advice and take part in an immersive mobile experience that will put your problem-solving skills to the test, just like manufacturing teams do every day.

Led by the National Association of Manufacturers and its workforce development and education partner, The Manufacturing Institute, with support from companies like Dow, Creators Wanted showcases the vast opportunity our next generation of manufacturing careers provides and aims to build the talent pipeline with those ready to help shape our future. You can learn more at

Jim Fitterling is the chairman and CEO of Dow Inc. and board chair of the National Association of Manufacturers. Jay Timmons is the president and CEO of the NAM and the chairman of the board of The Manufacturing Institute.

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