What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today

Guest post by The Advanced Technology Services Marketing Dept.

Few fictional businesses are as iconic and instantly recognizable as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Although the eccentric chocolatier can get away with running his operation on “pure imagination” in Roald Dahl’s book and the movies based on it, real-life ledgers have to be balanced with cold, hard cash.

Having a flying glass elevator in your facility might be a hit with employees and visitors, but how much would that cost the company? Not surprisingly, the answer is mind-blowing. Based on the current cost of an all-glass elevator — not to mention the rocket you’d need to get it airborne — you would need to spend an estimated $109 million on that extravagance alone. That’s not to mention footing the bill for the other unusual amenities in Willy Wonka’s factory, such as the 150,000-gallon chocolate river or the edible fruit wallpaper. There are also the more ho-hum expenses, like the factory’s energy bill, and employee wages and benefits. Oompa-Loompas have to eat, too.

Preparing for a STEM career means thinking about all of the practicalities that come with running a business, even one staffed by mythical orange people with green hair. The accompanying infographic breaks down exactly what the operating costs of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory might be if it existed in real life. Spoiler alert: They’re as over-the-top as the factory itself.

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If You Love Working with Your Hands, These 5 STEM Jobs are for You!

Wildlife Conservationist

What they do
Wildlife Conservationists preserve, protect and maintain plant and animal habitats. They work at places such as national forests, and work to keep the land free of poachers, arrest those breaking any game laws, ensure that people are abiding by game rules, test game kills for disease and prevent any kind of wildlife crime.

How they use their hands
Conservationists not only handle game kills to collect samples to be tested for disease, but regularly scope the area they’re required to watch over. They’re work is almost entirely outside, and play an essential role in many government and research institutions.

2. MRI Technician

What they do
MRI Technicians use MRI machines to test people and check them for various diseases, tumors and abnormal activity within their bodies. Their machines use magnetic resonance imaging (that’s where the MRI comes from) to make high-def 3D images of the tissue and organs of the human body.

How they use their hands

MRI Technicians manually operate MRI machines to scan people and carry out important tests. Doctors use the results of these MRI scans to diagnose illnesses and disorders such as cysts, bone deformities and cancer.

3. Obstetrician

What they do
Obstetricians provide pregnant women with prenatal care and assist in childbirth and even after childbirth. Some of their responsibilities consist of ordering tests such as ultrasounds, examining patients, and ordering medications and treatments.

How they use their hands
Because obs often help with childbirth, they’re using their hands to deliver the baby and care for it after it’s been born. They also carry out tests and examinations, and help women with any concerns they may have about their pregnancy.

Obstetricians provide pregnant women with prenatal care

4. Construction Managers

What they do
Construction Managers handle the moving pieces of a construction job. This means they take care of the budget, supervising subordinates and the overall planning of the project. They have to communicate regularly with their team and ensure that the job is taking place

How they use their hands
Construction Managers have to visit the sites that they’re overseeing the construction of. In addition, they must look over schematics of a project and utilize their team’s skills to get the project done on time. Though they may not take part in the construction of a building, these managers certainly must have a strong presence in a construction zone.

5. Exercise Physiologist

What they do
Exercise Physiologists help people achieve a higher level of health by conducting tests, evaluating their patients and giving them individualized diet and exercise plans. These physiologists may work with athletes, patients with diseases that must be closely monitored (such as diabetes) and those who simply want to get healthier.

How they use their hands
Exercise Physiologists provide a range of services for their clients, such as conducting stress tests, training them with exercise equipment, and using other specialized machines to identify a patient’s specific needs.

Didn’t find a career that piqued your interests? Check out our full list of STEM careers here!

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