Materials engineering, manufacturing, manufacturing technology and more.
It is a wide-ranging area in which technology is expected to grow in importance in the coming decades, but the number of jobs will fall.
Job losses have been projected to be even more dramatic than in the past as companies seek to expand operations and increase their output of materials.
Manufacturing technologies are likely to be among the biggest losers as the technology and manufacturing industries become increasingly automated.
“There’s a lot of consolidation going on and it’s going to drive up costs,” said Brian Loeffler, an analyst at Forrester Research.
“But the job losses will come more in manufacturing and materials.”
Manufacturers will continue to use technology to make things like the 3-D printers used to make parts for consumer products, but they will need to move to automation and software to process more complex products.
The technology and materials industries will also be hit by the loss of many manufacturing jobs, said Jeff Kagan, chief economist at Forsee, a financial services company.
Job losses in the transportation and warehousing sectors will also increase in coming decades as technology and transportation industries are absorbed by more logistics and logistics-related businesses.
There will also likely be fewer manufacturing jobs in the home sector, which employs an estimated 25 million people, according to a 2016 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the jobs loss will not be felt by all industries, it is expected in industries such as construction and mining.
A report released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Manufacturers Association this month said the cost of goods produced for the U.S. manufacturing sector will increase by 4.3% from 2018 to 2026, the first time the industry has been expected to experience such a large increase.
Some analysts expect a sharp contraction in the manufacturing industry as manufacturers struggle to meet rising demand for their products.
But manufacturing companies are taking steps to cushion the blow, said Mark Schatzberg, president of Schatz and Company, a consulting firm.
Companies are investing in robotics, software and advanced manufacturing, as well as improving the efficiency of the production process, he said.
Schatzberg expects the industry to post a net loss of 6.4 million jobs in 2021, up from a net gain of 5.4% in 2021.
That would mark the fifth consecutive year of net job losses in manufacturing, according the report.