Food Manufacturing

OJT for Food Manufacturing: NAICS 311

The Food Manufacturing subsector is part of the Manufacturing sector.

The Food Manufacturing subsector includes the following industries:

  • Animal Food Manufacturing
  • Grain and Oilseed Milling
  • Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing
  • Animal Slaughtering and Processing
  • Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
  • Other Food Manufacturing

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 126.6 8.2 -0.1 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 120.7 7.8 -0.9 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Food batchmakers 120.6 7.8 -0.5 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Slaughterers and meat packers 76.6 5.0 0.1 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Packers and packagers, hand 65.0 4.2 0.0 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 63.6 4.1 -0.2 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Helpers–production workers 55.4 3.6 -0.4 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Bakers 54.5 3.5 -0.2 No formal educational credential Long-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers 52.9 3.4 -0.3 High school diploma or equivalent None
Industrial machinery mechanics 39.4 2.6 8.3 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Operations research analysts 0.3 0.0 13.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Lawyers 0.2 0.0 13.0 Doctoral or professional degree None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 2.9 0.2 10.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Software developers, applications 0.3 0.0 10.4 Bachelor’s degree None
Financial managers 3.2 0.2 9.7 Bachelor’s degree None
Maintenance workers, machinery 9.7 0.6 8.7 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Industrial machinery mechanics 39.4 2.6 8.3 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Life scientists, all other 0.1 0.0 6.0 Bachelor’s degree None
Cooks, fast food 0.1 0.0 4.1 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 0.8 0.1 3.3 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training

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