Manufacturing

Top 10 Highest Demand Positions in Manufacturing
(South Central Kentucky)

Occupation/Position DescriptionMinimum Required EducationAverage Annual Salary
HSD: High School Diploma, OJT: On-the-Job Training, PSE: Post-Secondary Education, STT: Short-Term Training, GED: General Educational Development
*Higher level of education preferred
Laborer and Freight/Stock/Material Movers (Hand)
HSD/GED/OJT$25,800
Production WorkerHSD/GED/OJT*$26,600
Helper (Production Worker)HSD/GED/STT/OJT$26,700
Cutting/Punching/Press Machine Setter, Operator and Tender
(Metal and Plastic)
HSD/GED/OJT$32,500
Molding/Coremaking/Casting Machine Setter, Operator and
Tender (Metal and Plastic)
HSD/GED/OJT$33,900
Team AssemblerHSD/GED/STT$35,400
Packaging/Filling Machine Operator and TenderHSD/GED/OJT$35,900
Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and WeigherHSD/GED/OJT$37,600
Industrial Machinery MechanicHSD/GED/OJT$46,500
First-Line Supervisor of Production and Operating WorkerPSE/Certificate*$50,200

Manufacturing Career Pathway


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Chemical Engineer
Civil Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Production Manager
Information Technology
Human Resources


AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$58,500 – $96,900

 

 

Maintenance Electrician
Maintenance Mechanic
Process Operator
Production Coordinator
Training Manager


AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$50,000 – $75,000

 

 

 

Process Control Operator
Industrial Machinery Mechanic


AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$20,000 – $59,800

 

 

 

Quality Control
Team Assembler
Production Worker
Laborer/Freight, Stock & Material Handler
Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operator


AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$20,000 – $45,000