Whatever it is young people are passionate about, be it cars or computers or music or art, they can find a great career doing it in today’s modern manufacturing. But, in order to attract Arizona’s best and brightest to one of manufacturing’s many exciting sectors — from biotechnology to computer software — we need your help. Recent studies show that more than 80% of manufacturers say their biggest problem is finding qualified workers. This shortage of workers could have a serious impact on our nation’s and our state’s economy. Even in today’s difficult economic times, the New York Times recently reported on a Conference Board study that shows available jobs in engineering, physical science, computer and mathematical science exceeding the available labor pool.

Today’s advanced manufacturing is a high-tech industry requiring skilled and talented people. The industry has changed. It’s not your father’s manufacturing any more.