Manufacturing sector thrives in Brevard County. Many of us paint a picture of what manufacturing looks like. However for most of us, this picture is far from reality.

Replace loud machines with the newest technology, clean rooms and dirty hands with white gloves and scrubs, and low wages with an annual pay that is 21 percent higher than the national average.

This is today’s world of manufacturing, and the Space Coast is home to some of the best.

A recent survey conducted by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) revealed parents’ misperceptions about a career in manufacturing. One factor that stood out from this survey — only 5 percent of parents of high-school children identified manufacturing as a preferred career for their children.

The truth is manufacturing is a game changer.

Modern manufacturing is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career. Manufacturing careers are ranked No. 2 for job tenure and job stability, with wages 21 percent higher than the national average. A career in manufacturing is a solid choice. They’re also in high demand. During the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely will be needed in the U.S. As many as 2 million jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a skills gap.

In Brevard County, there is yet another advantage. The EDC, with the support of community partners, offers scholarships to help candidates get started in a manufacturing career. This scholarship can lead to the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential, which is quickly gaining respect among U.S. manufacturers and is widely recognized across Brevard County. The online CPT course takes just 10 weeks, and the next class begins in January.

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Something to consider

Manufacturing pays well

The average annual salary for manufacturing across all skill levels, according to Examination Management Services, Inc. (EMSI), is $104,247. There is a sharp pay-scale increase upon attainment of valued skills and experience.

Manufacturing jobs are stable

According to PayScale 2017, manufacturing ranked second for job tenure and stability.

Manufacturing is safe and clean

Manufacturing is technology driven and clean environments are required.

Manufacturers pay tuition

Of the manufacturers in Brevard County surveyed, 70 percent report they are offering tuition support to their employees.