The purpose of our regional manufacturing profiles work is to develop a more detailed understanding of the industrial ecology and occupational composition of manufacturing in the Commonwealth. The process of creating these profiles includes categorizing targeted industry sectors within regional areas of the Commonwealth, and then profiling the skill/knowledge requirements of selected occupations to identify opportunities in the skill base.
Six (6) targeted industry sectors are being used to develop the regional manufacturing profiles. These sectors were chosen for size, growth, and regional presence. The sectors include:
- Food and Beverage Products
- Paper and Printing
- Chemicals and Plastics (including Pharmaceuticals)
- Fabricated Metal Products & Machinery (precision machining)
- Computer and Electronic Products
- Medical Equipment and Supplies
UMass Amherst Professor Henry Renski and doctoral student Ryan Wallace have prepared one comprehensive statewide and seven detailed regional reports which have been designed to provide regional partners with actionable information on the composition and labor requirements of their regional manufacturing base. Specifically the reports provide insight into the following key questions:
- What are the key occupations in key regional sectors?
- What are their skill, education, and knowledge requirements?
- Which sectors have similar labor/skill requirements and where are they concentrated?
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