Sunday, October 06, 2013

Who wants manufacturing? Let's the machines make metal

If you listen to national or local politics you will notice that political leaders all over the world are trying to either create new manufacturing jobs or offering subsidies to bring manufacturing back to the US.

One example of these subsidies is the power subsidies offered by Ohio

Manufacturing jobs sounds appealing as they seem to offer decent jobs to people with medium and low level  training. Most of people don't realize is that the same people can be employed in service industry with almost no training. Manufacturing jobs are usually monotonous and the people who do the jobs don't enjoy it. The customer who see the products don't care if their products were made by real people or by robots because they don't have any direct interaction with the person making the products like tire or metal car doors or shirts.

Customers appreciate human interaction in services where another person is able to help them in ways machines are not able to help. Services like training kids, cooking great food, paintings, music, arts, therapy, sports etc are jobs that cannot be replaced with machines in the near future.

Policy makers should create policies that will eventually increase the number of teachers, nurses, artists, doctors, designers and entertainers instead of trying to increase boring manufacturing jobs which are best left to machines.