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Manufacturing in Southwestern Idaho Offers Opportunity

Launching a new career, or considering changing a current one, can be daunting and even more so during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. But In spite of the negative effects of the pandemic on many industries, manufacturing  can offers opportunities.

Manufacturing is an evolving industry, especially in southwestern Idaho ranging from semi-conductor chip manufacturing to potato chip manufacturing. The skill levels of the workforce over the past couple of decades have changed dramatically as manufacturing is more automated and less physically demanding in many cases. Markets have changed with more global opportunities for Idaho products.

The highest level of manufacturing among Idaho’s six regions is in southwestern Idaho with more than 30,000 jobs across its 10 counties – 47 percent of all Idaho manufacturing jobs. South central Idaho has the next largest share at just 15 percent. The southwestern region’s 10 counties are diverse and include the state’s largest metropolitan area, Boise, remote small counties with logging traditions and vast counties citing its greatest population density as sagebrush and four-legged beef cattle. The share of manufacturing jobs in southwestern Idaho is higher than the nation’s by 4 percent but ranks fifth in share among Idaho’s six regions — the other five regions have significantly fewer total jobs than southwestern Idaho. The trend is showing some downward movement due to reduced production by large tech employers such as HP and Micron.

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Are You Ready for a Career Change?

You don’t have to be in a dead-end job to feel that you’re in a career sleeper-hold.  Do you show any of these signs of being in a career rut?

  • Are you losing skills (for example writing, speaking to groups or using math) because you don’t use them on the job?
  • Have you lost ambition or motivation because there doesn’t seem to be an outlet for it?
  • Do you have great ideas but are not in a position to implement, or even communicate them?
  • Could you do your job blindfolded with one hand tied behind your back?

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If your career progress is veering off course, or going nowhere at all, it may be time to review your career vision and examine your options.
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