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We have complied information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you get a better idea of employment in the Factory & Warehouse field. Below are highlights of the major professions within this industry.

Chemists and Materials Scientists

  • A bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related discipline is the minimum educational requirement; however, many research jobs require a master's degree or, more often, a Ph.D.

  • Job growth will occur in professional, scientific, and technical services firms as manufacturing companies continue to outsource their research and development and testing operations to these smaller, specialized firms.

  • New chemists at all levels may experience competition for jobs, particularly in declining chemical manufacturing industries; graduates with a master's degree, and particularly those with a Ph.D., will enjoy better opportunities at larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Maintenance Workers

  • Most of these workers are employed in manufacturing, but a growing number work for industrial equipment dealers and repair shops.

  • Machinery maintenance workers learn on the job, while industrial machinery mechanics usually need some education after high school plus experience working on specific machines.

  • Applicants with broad skills in machine repair and maintenance should have favorable job prospects.

Textile, Textile Product, and Apparel Manufacturing

    Textile, Textile Product, and Apparel Manufacturing is expected to decline because of technological advances and imports of apparel and textiles from lower-wage countries.

  • Extensive on-the-job training is required to operate new high-technology machinery.

  • Production workers account for almost 2 out of 3 jobs.

  • About 4 out of 10 jobs are in three States-California, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Construction Laborers

  • Many construction laborer jobs require a variety of basic skills, but others require specialized training and experience.

  • Most construction laborers learn on the job, but formal apprenticeship programs provide the most thorough preparation.

  • Job opportunities vary by locality, but in many areas there will be competition, especially for jobs requiring limited skills.

  • Laborers who have specialized skills or who can relocate near new construction projects should have the best opportunities.


  • Machinists learn in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, in vocational high schools, and in community or technical colleges.

  • Many entrants previously have worked as machine setters, operators, or tenders.

  • Although employment is projected to decline, job opportunities are expected to be good.