Production Occupations

The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about production occupations:

Employment in production occupations is projected to decline 4 percent, with a loss of about 423,200 jobs from 2019 to 2029. Technological advancements are expected to continue to replace many of the manufacturing workers that make up a large share of production occupations. Fewer workers are expected to be needed in the manufacturing sector as many processes have become computer-controlled.

The median annual wage for production occupations was $36,000 in May 2019, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.

(Source: bls.gov)

Production Jobs

Below you find a list of production positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2019 Median Pay
Assemblers and FabricatorsAssemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them.High school diploma or equivalent$33,710
BakersBakers mix ingredients according to recipes in order to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.No formal educational credential$27,700
ButchersButchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.No formal educational credential$32,500
Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance TechniciansDental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians construct, fit, or repair medical appliances and devices.High school diploma or equivalent$37,370
Food and Tobacco Processing WorkersFood and tobacco processing workers operate equipment that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients used in the manufacture of food and tobacco products.See How to Become One$30,200
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal WorkersJewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, construct, adjust, repair, appraise and sell jewelry.High school diploma or equivalent$40,870
Machinists and Tool and Die MakersMachinists and tool and die makers set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.See How to Become One$45,750
Metal and Plastic Machine WorkersMetal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.See How to Become One$36,990
Painting and Coating WorkersPainting and coating workers paint and coat a wide range of products, often with the use of machines.See How to Become One$37,770
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and DispatchersPower plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.High school diploma or equivalent$85,950
Quality Control InspectorsQuality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.High school diploma or equivalent$39,140
Stationary Engineers and Boiler OperatorsStationary engineers and boiler operators control stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment.High school diploma or equivalent$62,150
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System OperatorsWater and wastewater treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines to transfer or treat water or wastewater.High school diploma or equivalent$47,760
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and BrazersWelders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join, repair, or cut metal parts and products.High school diploma or equivalent$42,490
WoodworkersWoodworkers manufacture a variety of products such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates.High school diploma or equivalent

(Source: bls.gov)

Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic