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Female and male researchers conduct an experiment related to manufacturing

Did you know over 18.5 million U.S. jobs are powered by manufacturing? Welders, engineers, designers, electricians, computer programmers, fabricators, and more are making the U.S. manufacturing economy strong - and contributed $2.83 trillion to the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter of 2018 alone.

As Valri Lightner, Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said in her message today, President Trump has made workforce development a top priority in his Administration. “The Department of Energy, through coordination with AMO, also champions manufacturing through continued investments in early-stage research and development, workforce development programs and skills training for current and future manufacturing workers, and partnerships with DOE National Laboratories, companies, state and local governments, and universities. Many in the industry, including our partners, are committed to strengthening American manufacturing,” said Valri.

Thinking about getting involved in manufacturing? Hear from some of our Advanced Manufacturing Office staffers about their STEM jobs & advice to students considering manufacturing careers.

Helena Khazdozian AAAS Fellow

I pursued a career in STEM to make an impact on our nation’s energy future. I love being part of research solutions that address the energy challenges we face. My advice to young girls is don’t be afraid to be a little rebellious. Change can’t happen without overcoming resistance.

Helena Khazdozian
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of Advanced Manufacturing
Kate Peretti, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the world. Working in STEM has allowed me solve challenging problems with real world benefits. Be curious and courageous. Don’t be afraid to ask questions - it’s a sign of intelligence and curiosity, not stupidity.

Kate Peretti
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Diana Bauer, Senior Technical Manager of Strategy

I enjoy working in the advanced manufacturing industry. I was originally drawn to green advanced manufacturing to address energy and environmental impact globally across future supply chains and product lifecycles. Be curious, think critically, and stay in touch with people doing things that interest you.

Diana Bauer
Senior Technical Manager of Strategy, Advanced Manufacturing Office

Learn more about our agency’s work in Advanced Manufacturing on our website.