I drove from Dayton, OH, to Tulsa, OK, yesterday. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to take photos (especially while driving!), so I didn’t get to share them here.
There were quite a few abandon buildings through Dayton, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, but not nearly as many as I remember. I was struck by the number of “now hiring” signs in windows, lighted boards and yard posts around the existing industry.
Are we seeing an upturn in manufacturing jobs? I can’t say for sure.
I can bet you this, though. The manufacturing jobs of today will be different than the manufacturing jobs of the 1950s. Gone are the days of working 8-10 hour shifts, pressing the same sequence of buttons and waiting for the quitting time whistle. Instead, jobs will be fast-paced and open-ended. Your job today will be totally different than the job tomorrow. The ones that keep up, stay light and flexible, and willing to rise to the challenge will be able to find employment in this market.
As we go into 2019, technology, particularly the Internet of Things, and connectivity to wifi and Bluetooth sensors and devices will be key. In the past, manufacturing folks had little data to analyze. Now, there are cheaper sensors, and Data Science is an emerging field- what to do with all of this sensor data.
I look forward to posting on industrial topics again this year. Happy Near Year, and thank you for continuing to read my blog.