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Production: Career and Education Opportunities in California

Production: Most individuals involved in Production create and distribute goods for consumer use. They are often responsible for moving a product from initial creation or manufacture, through distribution channels, to the actual consumer.

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Assembling and Fabrication

Fabricators and Assemblers form and assemble the products that are built on a factory floor. Working with electronics, metals and plastics, their work turns parts into products.
Book Binding and Printing

Printers and Binders produce the books that line the shelves of our libraries, homes and book stores. Starting with paper and ink, they produce the books, magazines, and newspapers we read every day.
Chemical and Gas

Chemical and Gas production technicians use their skills and expertise to manage the complex production process that result in the chemicals and gases used as fuel and as the raw materials for other production.
Computer Controls

Within the production environment Computer Controllers provide the specialized expertise needed to fabricate products and control the factory floor. With skills in both computers and product, they keep precise control over operations as they proceed.
Fabric and Leather

In factories and small shops, Fabric and Leather workers cut and bind the materials of the natural world into shoes, bags, clothing and more. Working in large scale production facilities or in mom and pop shops, they make sure that the products they produce fit the customer's needs.

Food production workers are at the starting point of the food industry. With a few exceptions, their work is aimed at getting food products ready for restaurants and stores rather than consumers.
Foundry and Metal Work

Metal and Foundry workers forge, shape and weld metals under difficult conditions. They work at all stages of metal and part production from the initial forging of the alloys to the final construction of finished metal products.

Furniture builders do exactly that, build furniture. From wood working to upholstery, they craft the chairs, tables, and couches we depend on.
Medical and Dental

Medical and Dental production workers work behind the scenes of our health care industries. Working as technicians who cast the molds for lenses and dental appliances as well as medical devices, they produce the products that are part of our medical and dental treatment.
Other Production

From tires to paper goods, everything has to be built. For every product, there are Production workers whose jobs are aimed at shaping, crafting, packaging and getting that product to market.
Painting and Coating

Workers in Painting and Coating perform the last stages of the manufacturing and production process. Through the control of complex staged processes or by hand, they provide the finishing touches to products before they are released into the world.
Power Plant

Just as products must be produced, power must be as well. Power Plant workers mange the difficult job of keeping the flow of power running through the lines that crisscross the country.
Stone and Glass

Stone and Glass workers are focused on integrating natural materials with products and buildings. Cutting, polishing and glass blowing are only some of the tasks that they engage in on a daily basis.
Waste and Recycling

As new products are produced, waste is also generated. Waste and recycling workers take care of making sure this waste appropriately handled and disposed of.