Contract manufacturing is an industry that employs tens of thousands of people across North America, with an estimated 2.3 million jobs in the country at the end of 2015.
The industry is particularly important to manufacturing, as it is a key element of the fabricating process.
For this article, we’ve assembled the best contract manufacturing information from industry sources and put together a quick guide to make your contracting process look great.
The infographic below explains what makes a contract manufacturing job, and how to identify which ones to hire and how much to pay.
How many contract jobs do you need to have?
In the United States, there are more than 6.3 billion jobs in a wide range of manufacturing industries, including automotive, consumer goods, furniture, foodservice, construction, and health care.
But while many of these jobs are vital to the U.S. economy, a large number of them are not, as contracting firms can be too competitive, or a large portion of jobs will go unfilled.
Here’s a list of the most common jobs you need: Foodservice: $15.3 trillion (2016)