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Manufacturing jobs continue to decline as factories relocate to
foreign countries with less labor and material costs. As a result,
labor unions have lost some of their strength to negotiate for
better contracts and wages for manufacturing workers. The other key
reason for the continuing decrease in factory jobs is automation.
To cut labor costs, manufacturers are replacing much of their labor
force with robotics-based machinery. In many cases, these machines
are more efficient and productive than human workers. In order to
remain competitive, many companies are striving to become even more
automated, which will in turn eliminate even more jobs. However,
while many assembly line jobs will disappear, the demand for
engineers, who program, install, and maintain the automated
machinery, should be strong.
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