The manufacturing sector makes up 12% of U.S. economic activity and currently employs 12.4 million people. The average hourly wage is $26.70 for a 40.9 hour work week. In the manufacturing sector, on average, it takes 33 days to fill an entry-level position and the cost per hire is approximately $5,000. Advances in technology are transforming the systems and processes of modern factories and plants. The top 4 technological advances that are impacting the manufacturing sector are: the internet, robotics, augmented reality, and 3-D printing.