The chemical industry in the United States is expected to continue its strong growth, especially for fertilizers and pharmaceuticals, even though it faces serious capacity constraints. Despite this continued growth, the industry will need to replace aging facilities that are at risk of closure within 20 years due to their inability to meet stricter environmental regulations. Although new capacity is being built, it will not be sufficient to meet market demand. This means that chemical companies will need to maintain the viability of existing facilities while at the same time investing in building additional competitive capacity.
Chemical manufacturers are having a difficult time finding qualified workers for positions across the board—from chemists to operators. It’s not surprising, given the industry’s long-standing need for talent and the bright prospects that chemical companies offer for employees. The problem is especially acute in front-line positions, where turnover rates are high, but it can hurt project managers as well.
Labor shortages could be a problem so as liquid mixing or solid liquid mixing. U.S. companies are experiencing a difficult time finding qualified workers to fill positions across the board, from chemists to operators. This is not surprising given that most chemical companies have been saying for years that they faced a shortage of skilled workers and with the prospect of good jobs in the industry, it’s no wonder why there has been a lack of people seeking careers in this area. The problem is especially acute in front-line positions, where turnover rates are high, but it can hurt project managers as well. Read more here –
There has been a shift in the last decade from a manufacturing workforce that was largely male and had a strong representation of older individuals to one that is more diverse and younger – with this shift there has been a rise in the number of women employed in the sector.
The chemical industry offers unique benefits that can help it attract workers with highly sought-after skills, according to KMP Health Sciences LCC President Mike Zaccaro. For example, chemical engineers are in demand at petrochemical companies but also across traditional manufacturing sectors because they have the ability to apply chemical engineering principles to these other areas. However, there are many companies competing for this same group of workers.