Factory jobs are making a comeback today, after being hit hard by the recession. In fact, according to the Manufacturing Institute, there are at least 600,000 manufacturing jobs available right now in North America, just waiting to be filled. And since the work is becoming increasingly high-tech, many of those jobs are offering six-figure salaries or more!

There’s just one catch: Despite the fact that millions of North Americans are unemployed, many factory owners say they’re struggling to fill those jobs. And believe it or not, experts say a big reason is because a lot of people don’t want factory jobs!

Why? For starters, experts say factories have a big image problem. For example: Whenever you see a factory on TV, it’s usually in a scene with old, dark buildings, with broken windows, where something bad happens! Experts say that perpetuates a common stereotype about factory work being hopeless and back-breaking.

Also, when the recession hit, many schools stopped offering training for factory jobs, or they stopped sponsoring factory apprentice programs, that led people to think factory jobs weren’t available.

But here are the facts about factory work:

  • Experts say in most cases, you can be trained to become a skilled machinist – which is the most popular factory job – within two years.

  • Then, if you’re good at what you do, the typical machinist can earn at least $100,000 within 10 years!

  • And like I said earlier, there are at least 600,000 manufacturing jobs available right now!

So, if you're looking for a job, let your friends keep thinking factory work is “uncool” - while you start earning six figures.