4.6 million manufacturing jobs are expected to open in the US within the next decade, but they will require highly skilled technicians meaning more than half will go unfilled. The jobs of the next generation take more than repetitive tasks, but people who can oversee sophisticated production environments. The workforce is transforming from splitting white-collar and blue-collar workers to an environment that needs “new-collar” workers. People who can constantly adapt and thrive in a complex setting are what the future needs right now. The current skill gap is expected to be filled by graduate students trained in technical environments.