Manufacturing Technology: Advances and Interests in the Field

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been a very strong part of the US economy. Over the past decade, as the political emphasis has been on bring jobs back home that were once overseas, the opportunity for new careers has grown even larger. Here are some of the latest trends and opportunities for people in the world of manufacturing:

Advanced Printing Technologies

3D-Printing became a popular investment for those who watch the technology field and its impact on manufacturing is just getting started. There is room for growth in both scale and types of materials that are used. 3D-printing of houses and buildings is already taking place in China, but there is room for it to be improved here in the US. Both engineering and materials researchers are needed in order to develop the next generation of products from in many industries like medical supplies, construction, and food.

Master’s in Technology

Because technology changes so quickly, learning process, engineering, and design at a high level will give you the tools that you need to apply your skills in many industries. A technology MBA can help you move into a position of responsibility in an industry like car manufacturing, which has become exciting again due to the high level of technology that is being added to new car models. Another hot field that requires a high level of sophistication is creating the equipment that is used in factories. There is a lot of satisfaction and financial opportunity for those that enjoy working on or leading a team to build the best equipment possible for the industry that you are in. Another nice thing about a master’s in technology is that it allows you to spend time teaching others at the university level if you get involved in research that is specialized. You often get the budget to continue research while you are sharing it with others.

Renewable Energy

8 years ago, the federal government rolled the dice on bringing solar and other renewable energies to the forefront. After a few bumps in the road, the market exploded and the number of renewable energy installations rose appreciably. For those interested in getting involved in the industry, both wind and solar manufacturing offer opportunities, although the solar industry is very competitive on the manufacturing side. Water desalination and energy production plants are also growing in scale. Companies like Imaginot are introducing plans to ‘Drink Down The Expected Rise In Ocean Levels’ by optimizing desalination plants and ramping up production.

All told, it is a good time to be involved in technology and getting an education at the master’s degree level will normally allow you to write your own ticket to whichever industry you enjoy the most.



Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends a technology MBA for anyone interested in industrial manufacturing. Follow her on Twitter RachelleWilber and Facebook.