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Detroit Jobs In Manufacturing, Transportation and Health

Updated on January 9, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Fiat-Chrysler Invests Millions

The United States division of Fiat-Chrysler automobile enterprise decided on January 8, 2017 to invest at least one billion dollars in new manufacturing plants that will create at least 2,000 jobs. Over half of these positions will open in the Greater Detroit Area.

This is good news for job seekers who were dismayed with Ford plans in 2016 to build cars in Mexico. These underemployed workers can look froward to well paying manufacturing jobs, including supervision and management. While Ford cancelled their Mexico manufacturing scheme, related automotive jobs have not been singled out for the Detroit area. Fiat-Chrysler steopped in with the employment opportunities.

The Warren plant is located just a few miles north of Detroit, between 8 Mile Road and 9 Mile Road east of Interstate 75.

The most recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit allowed Jeep to announce its 2020 Jeep Pickup, exciting attendees, as did announcements for the Jeep 2018 and 2019 Wrangler.

FCA, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (America)

Fiat-Chrysler America put plans into action to restructure the Warren automobile manufacturing facility to produce its 2020 Jeep. The plant is conveniently located next to the FCA stamping factory to create a larger FCA complex.

Warren Truck Assembly Plant

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Ford Motor Company Invests More Money in Michigan

In January 2017, Ford Motor Company reconsidered shipping thousands of jobs to Mexico and cancelled their plans for a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico.

Company leaders decided to put $700 million into the assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, some 40 miles southeast of Detroit, but no new jobs are as yet forecast for this plant.

Flat Rock Auto Plant

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Flat rock plant, built on the former site of the Wyandot Reservation.
Flat rock plant, built on the former site of the Wyandot Reservation. | Source

Increases Expected To 2022

Numbers of advertised jobs for the Greater Detroit Area increased after the recent recession, with a small surge upwards in 2012 and 2013, with a larger surge lasting from 2014 through 2016. Trucking & Freight began to provide a large portion of new jobs from 2014 - 2016, with projections of increased employment extending into 2022.

Major Job Surge in Detroit


Largest Numbers of Advertised Jobs

These companies are hiring the most people in and around Detroit from 2016 - 2017:

  • Botsford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cimarron, Barr-Nunn Transport and other trucking companies
  • CVS Health and Pharmacies
  • Flex Logistics, Cardinal Logistics - Trucking and warehousing
  • MAPSA, Michigan Association of Public School Academies - Charter Schools
  • PetSmart
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Lear Corporation
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • The Home Depot, Family Dollar Stores


Trucking Jobs In Detroit, a Transportation Hub

Truck driving and freight delivery became the most quickly expanding job category in America in 2014, increasing jobs advertised and projected even further in 2015 through 2016. By September 2016, over 5,000 trucking jobs were advertised for the Detroit area.

This fast increase can be attributed to increased movement of oil and natural gas by truck in light of the controversies of building additional pipelines that would carry dangerous oil tar sands across our nation. An example of this is the Keystone XL final leg that may cause another Cancer Corridor with its own cancer hospitals like that in Alberta. Regardless, the debates have cause a rise in the trucking industry.

Another cause for increased truck driving jobs is the increased manufacturing of aerospace spacecraft, parts, and related machines in 2015. From 2015 - forward, the $90 Billion Drone Industry, especially in Ohio, will increase trucking jobs again to deliver drones, drone parts, and raw materials for making drones.

Major Trucking Companies With Jobs Open

  • West Side Transport
  • Super Service
  • Right Turn
  • Marten Transport
  • Trimac
  • Southern Refrigerated Transport
  • Taylor Truck Line Inc
  • Tri-National
  • Specialized Transportation Services Inc
  • Carrier One
  • Centerline Drivers, LLC
  • Pegasus Transportation
  • Drive United
  • Roehl Transport

Detroit is a Major Great Lakes Shipping Hub

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Automotive Engineering

Engineering Jobs On the Increase

Job listings appear in Engineering among four divisions of General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Delphi, and through Temporary Agencies. In addition, new manufacturing positions are posted for Lear company, a major maker of automobile seats. Aerospace manufacturing began gaining traction in early 2016, even within new projects inside the automobile industry.

The most needed workers in Detroit engineering are:

  1. Quality Engineers
  2. Product Engineers
  3. Electrical Engineers
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Program Managers
  6. Application Engineers
  7. Manufacturing Engineers
  8. Mechanical Engineers

NOTE: Technicians are needed also in support of all of these engineers.

Major Companies Hiring In Engineering

Lear Corporation, General Motors, Robert Bosch, Ford Motor Company, Johnson Controls, Continental, ZF TRW, Altair Engineering, Fast Switch, HARMAN International, Contract Professionals, MSX International, Systel, ASG Renaissance, American Axle & Manufacturing.

Other Increasing Jobs

Additional Employment Opportunities

  • Many web- and logo-design type jobs are available through temporary and temp-to-hire placements.
  • During March 2016, over 400 job postings dealt with aerospace technologies, rising to over 700 positions advertised in November 2016.
  • Over 2,800 insurance jobs were vacant in November 2016.
  • w3r Consulting is an employment company at 1000 Town Center #1150, Southfield, MI 48075; Phone (248) 358-1002. It specializes in jobs for Internet Technology and Healthcare. At Facebook, they are During March 2016, they advertised over 500 job openings, many high-paid.

The CEO of Southfield, Mich.-based Lear aims to create 500 to 1,000 new union-represented manufacturing jobs in Detroit, potentially under a new classification at a lower hourly rate than at its other plants. Simoncini said it could create new jobs in the city instead of Mexico if it could attain a new wage tier with the UAW that pays in the mid-teens per hour with some benefits. Lear currently pays $35 per hour, which includes the cost of benefits, at its just-in-time seating plants, $25+/hr.

— Dustin Walsh, Automotive News on 3/6/2016

Job Listings Increased Significantly


Companies Hiring In Healthcare

Botsford Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, CVS Health, Garden City Hospital, St. John Hospital & Medical Center, HCR ManorCare, Meridian Health Plan, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Molina Healthcare, Providence Hospital, Trinity Health, Providence Park Novi, McLaren Macomb/St. John Macomb Hospital.

Most Often Advertised Jobs

Hottest Jobs In Detroit, Most-Advertised

  1. Truck Drivers with CDL and Owner-Operators
  2. Engineers - General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler
  3. Project Managers - IT jobs
  4. Physical and Occupational Therapists - Henry Ford Health System and St. John Healthcare System
  5. Physicians
  6. Salespeople in Retail
  7. Program Managers - Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries - Rainbow Rehabilitation
  8. Buyers
  9. Dental Assistants
  10. Speech/Language and Rehabilitation Specialists
  11. Registered Nurses (RN license)
  12. Administrative Assistants
  13. Store Managers and Assistant Store Managers
  14. Healthcare Case Managers
  15. Business Analysts

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Attractions and Advocates

These ruins are lit with colored lights at night to provide an art installation and urban gardens and restaurants are thriving.

Colored lights and avante garde graffiti by local professional artists are turning ruins into pubic art in Detroit.
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Motor City History Brings Visitors

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Museums and Culture

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Arts Museum - This facility holds an astounding number of permanent and traveling exhibits.
  • Detroit Zoological Institute - Including Belle Isle and its refurbished aquarium and other exhibits in the Detroit River.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
  • Children's Museum of Detroit
  • The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village
  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Michigan Transit Museum
  • Motor Sports Hall of Fame
  • Museum of African American History

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Detroit Downtown Map

Non-Profits Help Track Jobs in Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is located in the southeast corner of Michigan, on the Detroit River in Wayne County. This county is home to approximately 191,000 people and is surrounded by numerous small suburbs. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides funding for an additional 109,000 jobs in the State of Michigan beginning in 2009.

In Detroit alone, job listings increased from approximately 17,000 in December 2009 to over 37,600 in April 2011. By March 2013, the advertised number of jobs had increased to over 71,128 openings and to over 85,000 job listings by mid-July 2013. Jobs advertised increased to over 97,000 in November 2013, to include seasonal positions.

I've an instructor whose martial arts training site in Detroit is just east of downtown area. His assistant instructors specialize in self-defense specifically designed to help women and children that have survived domestic abuse; and, for at-risk youth that are struggling to stay out of violent circumstances. Others participate for a good workout or to study one of the specific martial arts taught by the team. Detroit has proven a very effective location for this endeavor and one of the team is working his way through college with this work. All of this shows the potential of the city of Detroit.

Like the self-defense instruction, the Service Industry overall is gaining new jobs in the city, including positions in food service, child care, teaching, landscaping, and other occupations.

The top two categories of occupations experiencing the fastest growth include the Information Technology (IT) and Heathcare Industries. Further, a portion of IT jobs are avaiable within the healthcare community itself. Other of these occupational openings are situated in the Robotics Industry. Green Industries are also increasing - see this link: Michigan Green Industry Association.

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Detroit Stimulates New Business

#1 Woodward Avenue, a landmark building in Downtown Detroit.
#1 Woodward Avenue, a landmark building in Downtown Detroit.

Top Long-Term Employer is Ford Motor Company

Highest Demand Jobs for Detroit are in Healthcare, Engineering, IT

  1. Manufacturing, Design, Product, Quality and other Engineers (Ford Motor Company)
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs) - especially in the Henry Ford System
  3. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  4. Project Managers - IT and other
  5. Pharmacy Technicians
  6. Business Analysts - IT training and skills required
  7. Technicians, all engineering fields
  8. IT Analysts
  9. Truck Drivers - some training and CDL required
  10. Restaurant Managers

A surge in jobs is occurring in the following companies from 2014 - 2015

  1. Classifieds
  3. Henry Ford Health System
  4. Detroit Medical Center
  5. St. John Providence Health System
  6. General Motors
  7. Trinity Senior Living Communities

Largest Employers in Detroit

The following companies are the Largest Employers in the City of Detroit and the Greater Detroit Area. Some on this list are among the largest firms in the State of Michigan.

These employers are active in

  1. Technology,
  2. Medicine/Healthcare,
  3. Education,
  4. Government,
  5. Energy, and the
  6. Auto Industry.

Check individual websites for these companies for current job openings.

  1. Detroit Medical Center
  2. City of Detroit
  3. Henry Ford Health System
  4. Detroit City Schools
  5. US Government - Federal jobs. US Postal Service included.
  6. Quicken Loans
  7. Wayne State University
  8. Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  9. State of Michigan
  10. Chrysler Corporation
  11. General Motors
  12. St. John Providence Health System
  13. DTE Energy
  14. Wayne County Government
  15. Compuware Corporation

Top 15 Fastest Growing Jobs Through 2018

Job Titles and Percentage of Increase:

  1. Truck Drivers with CDL License
  2. Registered Nurses, from the 2-year degree through Nurse Practitioner
  3. Network Systems/Data Communications Analysts 43%
  4. Medical Assistants
  5. Computer Software Engineers
  6. Financial Analysts
  7. Network/Computer Systems Administrators
  8. Database Administrators 30%
  9. HHA, Home Health Aides
  10. Physical Therapist Assistants
  11. Personal Financial Advisors
  12. Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants
  13. Technical Writers
  14. Fitness Trainers
  15. Computer Systems Analysts

Opportunities in Sports

  • Detroit Lions - NFL Football
  • Detroit Predators - Women's Football League
  • Detroit Demolition - Women's Football League
  • Detroit Pistons - Men's Basketball
  • Detroit Red Wings - Hockey
  • Detroit Panthers - American Basketball Association
  • Detroit Tigers - Baseball
  • APBA Gold Cup - Boating

Arenas and Stadiums

Education in Detroit

Colleges and Universities

Major institutions of higher education in Detroit include the following list. Not only do these schools offer high quality education and subsequent job placement serves, but they also do substantial hiring themselves.

© 2008 Patty Inglish


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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Wonderful hub Patty, and I'm not saying that because Detroit is my home, but if I weren't from Detroit, I sure would want to visit after reading this hub. Great job, and thanks for sharing this.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      You're in Detroit - no kidding?! I plan to get on the People Mover and ride around for awhile in March. Belle Iale was closed the alse time I passed through. Well, Happy Detroit!

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      Thanks, For stopping by my hub. Enjoyed your hub also.

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      Thanks, For stopping by my hub. Enjoyed your hub also.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Tahnks, I lile even the name of "moonlake."

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      The Gift Guru 9 years ago

      Patty, It's me again. I just found this hub today. Great hub, by the way.

      I was born and raised in Detroit and I am a graduate of Wayne State University. I've been a fan of downtown all my life and I think Detroit's potential is underestimated, not only by outsiders, but by residents also.

      Its a shame what's going on with the leaders of the City (sorry to bring that up on such a good hub).

      Anyways, Detroit will continue to move forward.

      Look forward to more good info.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Hi gift Guru - I'll keep updating as I find more great info about Detroit! I fgo up about 4 times a year or more often. Let me know if you think of anything I shoull add. Great to have you stop by!

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      montie bird 6 years ago from Detroit-Atlanta-New York

      313 will always be home thanx for the info

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Despite naysayers, my friends Sean H. Robertson (a Detroit employer in film and entertainment) and WowShane radio are helping lift Detroit, along with the 71,000 jobs now open. Engineering jobs include three maor car manufacturers, not to mention IT and Healthcare jobs, trucking and more.

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