New Employment Opportunities — 3-D Printers
A 3-D printer is a device that can create three-dimensional objects, such as toys. These devices use appropriate software designs to guide their operation. They also need the materials to become fused into the 3-D object. This is a new and growing industry. Some possible job opportunities are summarized below.
1. The manufacturers of the 3-D printer. These business firms would need the same kind of workers as required for any manufacturing firm. They would need computer CAD operators, office workers, manufacturing workers, maintenance workers, supervisors, and higher-level managers.
2. The providers of materials to be fused into the object being created by the 3-D printer. These also are manufacturing firms. They would need chemists, office workers, manufacturing workers, maintenance workers, supervisors, and higher-level managers.
3. The software designers that create the software that controls the operation of the 3-D printer. These software firms would need computer programmers, computer consultants, office workers, supervisors, and higher-level managers.
4. The individual users of the 3-D printers will be providing various types of objects produced from these printers. These manufacturing firms would need office workers, manufacturing workers, maintenance workers, supervisors, and higher-level managers.
You can search for the first three types of firms on the Internet and see if you qualify for any of the openings they have. The last type of firm may be more difficult to locate. You would have to keep your eyes open for new firms or new activities for existing firms.
There are all kinds of possible applications for 3-D printers. For example, they can create objects that cannot be produced in any other way. They can be used for rapid prototyping.
There will be new uses for these printers as this new industry continues to expand. Likewise, there will be more employment opportunities.