Diverse manufacturing, logistics, and distribution workforce
4,400+ firms operating wholesale trade and warehousing
10+ institutions with logistics, supply chain management programs
Training providers enhance workforce skills, provide funds
Having an abundance of every mode of transportation goes a long way in making the Freightway worthy of consideration when faced with the challenge of moving tons of products around the world. However, no product is moved without a skilled workforce such as that which the St. Louis region employs.
Fortunately, our region boasts more workers employed in manufacturing than all peer cities in the Midwest – a strength supported by our region’s plentiful logistics and supply chain-based educational opportunities. The St. Louis region’s talent pool runs notably deep.
Key strengths of the St. Louis regional workforce include the following:
The St. Louis region offers a highly skilled and diversified workforce whose core strengths lie in manufacturing, supply chain logistics, and value-added distribution.
Our well-educated and experienced workforce provides added value to warehousing, distribution, and e-commerce companies, all at a competitive price.
This experienced labor pool provides high levels of productivity, exceptional work quality, and safe practices.
The region’s robust corporate sector in the distribution industry includes such companies as Amazon, Walgreens, Target.com, Hershey, Whirlpool, and Unilever among others.
Among its peer cities, the St. Louis region has the largest number of workers employed in manufacturing, and its manufacturing employment as a share of total nonfarm employment is similar to or greater than most of its peer cities.
Our workforce is highly effective at implementing high-tech manufacturing processes and value-added goods production.
Mean Average Wage
Average Wage St. Louis MSA
# Workers St. Louis MSA
All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
First Line Supervisors of Helpers, Material Movers
Laborers, Freight Stock, and Material Movers
All Production Occupations
First Line Supervisor, Production and Operating Worker
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers
CNC Machine Tool Programmers (Metal and Plastic)
CNC Machine Tool Operators (Metal and Plastic)
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Source Employment and Wage Estimates, BLS May 2015, Production Occupations, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
One principle indicator of long-term success within an area is ensuring a robust network of skilled future workers. The St. Louis region has over 55 colleges and universities including 16 discrete degree and certificate opportunities in the manufacturing and transportation/logistics fields offered by six regional universities, along with industry training programs available at several other area colleges.
Logistics and Operations Management (Bachelor’s of Science Business Administration)
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Graduate Certificate)
Logistics and Supply Chain (MBA)
Operations Management (MBA)
Operations and Supply Chain Management (Undergraduate Minor)
Operations and Supply Chain Management (Bachelor’s of Science Business Administration)
Operations and Supply Chain Management (MBA)
Supply Chain Management (Masters of Science)
Training Incentives & Funding
While boasting a well-educated workforce, the opportunities to learn in an ever-changing, fast-paced world never cease. The St. Louis area has a robust training infrastructure geared toward improving skills of existing manufacturing/distribution workers, with quick and effective adaptation of non-industry workers interested in entering new fields.
Some of the most successful training and education programs for manufacturing careers in the St. Louis region include the following:
Employee Investment Training Program (ETIP)
This Illinois program provides training funds to qualified businesses as part of an Economic Development Incentive Project.
Missouri Works Training
MWT provides funding assistance for Missouri companies in need of worker skills upgrade due to new technologies, new products or processes, relocation, expansion, or competition driving quality or productivity.
Area Career Centers
These one-stop resources located throughout the St. Louis region provide training and employment services including employment pre-screening, recruitment services, short-term training, on the job training, apprenticeships, and specialized training programs.
The U.S. Transportation Command
Headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, The U.S. Transportation Command is the center of all Supply Chain and transportation planning for the U.S. Military around the world, providing a large group of potential logistics professionals for recruitment once they enter the civilian workforce.
Training Providers & Centers of Excellence
The St. Louis area is rich in local community colleges, technical schools, and centers of excellence that are well equipped to partner with private industry. Major players include:
Center for Workforce Innovation and Labor at St. Louis Community College
This new facility on the STLCC Florissant Valley campus serves more than 500 students annually through innovative workforce programs. CWI is home to:
Six aerospace labs
Three Technical Training Labs (Programmable Logic Controllers, Industrial Maintenance Training, and Green Technologies and Sustainable Construction)
A large equipment lab
Three all-purpose classrooms
A computer lab, and more
Emerson Center for Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at St. Louis Community College
Also located at STLCC Florissant Valley, the Emerson Center’s focus is to provide associates degrees, certificate programs, and customized training programs to the local manufacturing and engineering workforce.
Selsius Industrial Skills Solutions at Southwestern Illinois College at Granite City
Selsius students enjoy industrial training in state-of-the-art labs in the Illinois cities of Granite City, Belleville, and East St. Louis. Core industrial services include:
PLC (basic and advanced)
Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
East Central College Missouri Manufacturing Wins Program
Through Mo Manufacturing Wins, students are able to earn certificates recognized and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. Skill certificates available include:
Transportation and Logistics
Lewis & Clark Community College
With campuses in Edwardsville, East Alton and Godfrey, IL, Lewis & Clark Community College offers adult education classes, community and continuing education programs, online classes, and workforce training. Students can obtain degrees and certificates in base fields such as:
Truck Driver Training
Ranken Technical College
Students at Ranken receive comprehensive instruction and hands-on experience while using up-to-date technology. Degree programs include: