Top 10 Markets with the Most Manufacturing Graduates
by Josh Bays, on Nov 23, 2015 11:02:31 AM
As more companies evaluate the United States for new manufacturing plants and production investment, addressing the manufacturing labor gap will continue to be a challenge in the site selection process. Hiring and retaining talent to staff manufacturing operations can be a challenge if companies are not developing a pipeline of talent in regions that produce graduates in critical fields.
Site Selection Group, a global site selection and economic incentive firm specializing in labor analytics, used recent data from the Department of Education to compare the number of graduates in welding, CNC machining and industrial maintenance.
Tulsa produces the most manufacturing graduates
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Houston and Atlanta produced the most collective graduates in welding, CNC machining and industrial maintenance during the 2013-2014 school year.
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa had the most graduates out of any other metro area; however, all 957 completions were in welding. This is mostly driven by graduates from the Tulsa Welding School.
- Houston, Texas
The Houston metropolitan statistical area covers a nine-county region along the gulf coast of Texas. In total, 901 students graduated with a degree or certification in welding or CNC machining with 871 welders and 30 CNC machinists.
- Atlanta, Georgia
The 29-county Atlanta region graduated 191 students in heavy industrial maintenance and 628 students in welding for a total of 819 manufacturing graduates.
- Seattle, Washington
In the Seattle metro area, 715 students graduated from area schools in one of these three fields with 16 in heavy industrial maintenance, 690 in welding, and nine in CNC machining.
- St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis had the fifth highest number of manufacturing graduates at 624. Of those, 113 graduates were in heavy industrial maintenance and 511 were in welding.
The table below shows the top 20 metro areas for graduates in heavy industrial maintenance, welding and CNC machining.
Top 20 Metro Areas for Manufacturing Graduates
|Metro Area||Heavy Industrial |
|Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX||0||871||30||901|
|Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA||191||628||0||819|
|St. Louis, MO-IL||113||511||0||624|
|Shreveport-Bossier City, LA||70||495||0||565|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI||42||257||180||479|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||0||406||0||406|
|Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY||177||156||0||333|
|Baton Rouge, LA||5||309||0||314|
When locating a manufacturing plant, it is critical to consider all industrial graduate statistics to assess the pipeline of future talent. High numbers of college completions may not mean that certain skills dominate the market, especially since much of the industrial labor force may come straight from high school. Site Selection Group advises its clients to thoroughly consider all implications of the data to choose the best place for a new location