Seems like at least nine out of ten people I meet in the fluid power industry stay in the fluid power industry. Time and again, I hear someone has moved on, then I run into him or her again at a trade show, conference, or other fluid power event.
|Job title||2012 jobs||
|Mfr Sales Rep||1,863,000||2,032,300|
|Customer Service Rep||2,362,800||2,661,500|
But whether you're a seasoned veteran or still wet behind the ears in the fluid power industry, thousands of opportunities await. The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) recently published figures about the number and variety of jobs in the fluid power industry. NFPA's report, based on figures from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicates the number of jobs in 2012 and projected for 2022 shown in the table. The report also provides median salaries for the seven job titles with educational background shown in parenteses:
• Sales Engineer (BA or BS) — $91,830
• Manfacturer's Sales Representative (BA or BS) — $57,870
• Customer Service Representative (HS or OJT) — $30,580
• Industrial Machinery Mechanic (AA) —$45,840
• Mechanical Engineer (BS) —$80,580
• Electromechanical Technician (AA) — $51,820
• Machinist (HS or OJT) — $40,910
So if you're looking for a new job, chances are, you'll remain in the fluid power industry. But finding good leads in such a specialized field can be frustrating. Fortunately, I've found several recruiting firms and individuals who deal specifically with the fluid power job market. Following is a list I've compiled that includes contact information. So check it out, and good luck in your search.