There are an
estimated 1.9 million engineers currently working in the United States.
Engineers solve industrial problems, develop innovative new
technologies, and create the infrastructure that makes our standard of living
possible. Their work bridges technological innovation and commercial, practical
applications that cater to the needs of organizations and consumers. Due to the
speed of scientific advancement and the corresponding rapid adoption rates of
new technologies, engineers are in high demand. As a result, the
field enjoys low unemployment rates, with some areas such as geophysical and
geological engineering having close to zero percent unemployment. Graduates who
hold a Bachelor’s degree in engineering are predicted to earn the highest
starting salaries of all majors, with an average of $62,998.
part thanks to the pursuit of advancement in automotive technology,
sustainability, industrial automation, biotechnology, infrastructure, and oil
and gas exploration, engineers will enjoy a robust career outlook for years to
come. The demand for all engineers is predicted to rise by 11 percent in the coming years. This translates to upwards of 240,000
new engineering positions
coming in the next decade. Moreover, tens of thousands of Baby Boomers will
retire from the workforce, fueling the need for more qualified engineers to
Civil, mechanical, industrial, and electrical engineers, along with architectural and engineering managers are set to see the largest number of new jobs:
Of course, there are additional engineering occupations that will enjoy a significant number of new jobs. Electronics, petroleum, and computer hardware engineers will each add nearly 10,000 new positions by 2024. The occupation of biomedical engineering is predicted to grow the fastest and is set to experience at least 27 percent growth. Lastly, the mining and geological engineering disciplines are predicted to grow by 19 percent.
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