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 & Freight, Stock & Material HandlerHSD/GED/OJT$23,400
Production WorkerHSD/GED/OJT*$25,500
Packaging & Filling Machine Operator/TenderHSD/GED/OJT$26,000
Team AssemblerHSD/GED/STT$31,000
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool OperatorHSD/GED/STT$31,500
Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler & Weigher; Quality ControlHSD/GED/OJT$31,600
MachinistPSE/Certificate$38,500
First-line Supervisor of Production & Operating WorkersPSE/Certificate*$48,900
Industrial Maintenance TechnicianAssociate's Degree$55,300
Industrial EngineerBachelor’s Degree$84,100

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