LONDON May 25, 2012
With new technologies altering the manufacturing process, it seems that jobs are changing too
the United States jobs Paul Markillie China
Susan Helper Case Western Reserve University Cleveland
Although manufacturing currently only makes up 11% of America’s GDP, the sector is also responsible for 68% of domestic spending on research and development. This, according to Helper, will help to reduce trade deficits, and create new opportunities to develop a "clean" economy and green energy.
With all of this technological innovation, Markillie suggests that manufacturing is currently embracing a "third industrial revolution", and is likely to change beyond recognition. While factory floors are becoming relatively deserted, office blocks nearby are full of designers, IT specialists, accountants, marketing staff, customer relation managers, and cleaners, all of whom contribute in their own specific way to the production process.
For manufacturing to occur, for instance, ideas need to be developed in labs, research centres, and creative brainstorms. Therefore, reed.co.uk suggests that the jobs that are likely to be created in the future will not just be traditional manufacturing jobs, but also design, creative, and project management roles.