Job growth, talent demand predicted in engineering

Job growth, talent demand predicted in engineeringEmployment in engineering is expected to grow over the next decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The agency forecast that employment in the industry will rise 3 percent over the next 10 years, with the addition of 67,200 jobs, Design News reported.

While the projected growth rate is slower than that predicted for other industries, engineers have a higher median annual wage. It is currently at $76,870 – more than double the median annual wage for all occupations in the U.S. economy, which stands at $36,200, the source noted.

Analysts are also predicting a higher demand for engineering skills and graduates in the field, according to GoodCall. Engineering workers were named as one of the five hardest positions to fill by the source, with the other positions including information technology workers, manufacturing and logistics staff, executive leadership and sales and marketing professionals.

Said Jim Link, chief human resources officer at Randstad North America:

“Due to an aging engineering workforce, and a smaller pipeline of engineering students in some sectors, the need for talent will only rise as the sector continues to rebound.”

Civil engineers were predicted to be in especially high demand, according to Juli Smith, president of Smith Consulting Group, citing a “large vacuum for talent in the market for civil engineers with five to¬†10 years of experience.”