Kyle Young has known what he’s wanted to do for a long time.
Young says, “I was always very interested in manufacturing. I was interested in mostly cars and the assembly line process.”
But little did he know, his manufacturing job would be in high demand.
Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation President, Kevin McKinnon, says, “Those employers, that they have grown and that they do have the demand for their products.”
It’s a good problem with a bad reputation. At North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, one of the manufacturing program is only half full.
One reason people don’t choose manufacturing jobs is the stigmas against it where people think they’ll sit at a conveyor belt and tighten a bolt all day, but technology has changed that.
McKinnon says, “You are not manually doing heavy lifting yourself. You’re actually operating machines.”
Most jobs only take two years of school. And if all that isn’t enough to persuade you, how about around 50 thousand dollars starting pay? And with a high placement rate, you can almost guarantee yourself a high tech and stable job.
In the region, Caterpillar is expanding its plant and adding 250 new jobs in the next few years, so that means demand will be even higher. But manufacturers aren’t employer’s only hot commodity. There is also a shortage in IT, engineering and healthcare.