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Manufacturing Industry Sector Report


March 2020 — Labor Market Intelligence Center

Manufacturing Industry Sector Report

Manufacturing is the 7th largest sector in DFW, coming in just after IT and before construction. There is a much higher demand for manufacturing in DFW than other parts of the country, ranking 3rd as a top hiring region, after Los Angeles and Chicago.
Source: Burning Glass & JobsEQ 2019, Q3

Risk of automation is middle of the road, much like other industries.
Source: Emsi 2020, Q1 & McKinsey Global Institute

Notable Manufacturing Employers in Dallas County

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Texas Instruments
  • General Electric Company
  • Chrysler Mopar Parts
  • The Boeing Company

Source: Burning Glass & JobsEQ 2019, Q3

Skills in Demand

  • Machining
  • Repair
  • Forklift Operation
  • Welding
  • Hand Tools
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Basic Mathematics

Source: Burning Glass

Most Manufacturing Jobs Only Require a High School Diploma, but Still Provide Above a Living Wage

Job Title 2019 Employment Entry Level Wage Typical Entry Level Education
General and Operations Managers59,383$24.14Bachelor's degree
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products40,136$15.45High school diploma or equivalent
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers13,322$16.97High school diploma or equivalent
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers9,634$13.61High school diploma or equivalent
Industrial Engineers7,047$30.91Bachelor's degree
Machinists5,213$11.88High school diploma or equivalent

Source: Emsi 2020, Q1

Prestige Ameritech: Surgical Mask Manufacturer

Prestige Ameritech, based in Fort Worth, is the largest manufacturer of surgical masks in the U.S. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the company switched to only providing to hospitals.


  • N95 Respirators
  • Surgeons Masks
  • Dental Masks
  • Medical Face Shields
  • Medical Goggles
  • Medical Gowns
  • Medical Surgical Drape Tube Holders
  • Urinary Catheter Tube Holders
  • Ultrasonically Bondable Medical Elastic
  • Tubular Knitted Ear Loop Elastic


  • Ultrasonic Bonding
  • Ultrasonic Laminating
  • Flexographic Printing
  • Digital Printing
  • Die Cutting
  • Fabric Slitting
  • Film Slitting
  • Spooling
  • Automated Assembly
  • Manufacturing Machine Design
  • Product Design

Dallas College Yielded More Than 1,800 Enrollments Last Year

Advanced Manufacturing

Total: 1,131

Eastfield: 436

Mountain View: 161

North Lake: 7

Richland: 527


Total: 426

Eastfield: 243

Mountain View: 186

Renewable Energy

Total: 16

Eastfield: 16


Total: 322

Eastfield: 139

Mountain View: 183

Total: 1,898

Hard-to-Fill Positions are Wide-Ranging

Job Title Job Postings with Last 12 Months Entry Level Salary
Production Worker7,700+$31,251
Forklift/Pallet Jack Operator4,700+$31,251
Repair Service Technician4,000+$43,150
Manufacturing Machin Operator3,500+$33,998
Operations Manager/Supervisor2,500+$53,464
CNC Operator700+


For More Information

Contact Ben Magill, executive director, Labor Market Intelligence Center.

Ben Magill
Executive Director