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Manufacturing Occupations

The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is a "standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data related to the business economy of the U.S" (see Ask Dr. NAICS). "The Manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. The assembling of component parts of manufactured products is considered manufacturing, except in cases where the activity is appropriately classified in Sector 23, Construction." (see 2007 NAICS definition).  O*Net Online provides information about occupations in each sector based on employment.

The AAG has compiled data on occupations related to geography by sector. Many occupations are found in more than one sector. Use the menu below or the navigation links to the left  to learn more about a specific occupation and explore your career options!