So far the job forecast for 2015 looks pretty good. Despite high unemployment rates in several states, government reports indicate that new job growth will continue in most parts of the country. A large number of these new jobs will require manufacturing and technical skills. This is a contrast of the required skill set needed in previous years.
Prior to 2015, the required skill set for most jobs was technology related experience. This is because hundreds of new technology based companies have been launched over the past decade. Today however more and more companies are trying to fill positions that require industrial and manufacturing skills. Unfortunately, not many people are interested in this type of work. In order to address this problem, many companies are increasing the salary rate for these positions.
One of the reasons there are so many manufacturing job vacancies, is because most high school students are being encouraged to seek a career in high paying white collar fields. The reality is there are thousands of young adults with white collar degrees who can’t find jobs. To make matters worse, they have accumulated a lot of student debt, and have no idea when or how they will pay it off. This is why several CEO’s of major corporations are encouraging high school students to consider careers in blue collar fields. One example they pointed out is a shortage of skilled plumbers, construction workers, and electricians. These CEO’s are also encouraging college recruiters to put more focus on these fields, instead of just white collar careers.
To further confirm how important it is for young adults to consider careers in blue collar fields, is a recent article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle that highlighted a shortage of workers in multiple blue collar industries. According to the article Georgia has a serious shortage of machinists, manufacturing associates, maintenance technicians, and welders. In addition, the article also stated that Georgia has a shortage of people who have business support skills in areas like human resources, marketing and accounting. To address this issue, the governor of Georgia is working with local colleges and technical schools to diversify and expand their course curriculum.
Due to the competition in the filmmaking industry, there is also expected to be a greater demand for individuals with filmmaking related skills and experience. This includes individuals who have experience building movie sets, editing films, and taking a TV or film project through post-production. In the past, the greatest demand for these jobs was in California, but due to competitive film incentives in other states, there is also a current demand for these types of jobs in Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
Overall the job outlook for 2015 looks positive, particularly for those with filmmaking and blue collar based skills.