occupations are expected to grow by 11 percent in the next decade. It’s predicted
that the field will add upwards of 240,000 new jobs across the country. In addition, thousands of Baby Boomers will
retire from the workforce in the coming years. This will further increase the
demand for qualified engineers. The following
states and metropolitan areas will see a concentrated amount of new engineering
Austin is a hub for electronics and semiconductor
R&D, design, and manufacturing, and has a significant demand for electrical
and electronics engineers. In addition, the aerospace, automotive, and life
sciences sectors are experiencing growth, fuelling the demand for aerospace,
mechanical, electrical, electronics, and biomedical engineers.
San Antonio’s aerospace industry has grown 75 percent since
2005 and has an ongoing need for aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and
electronics engineers. Other
prominent industries here include bioscience, environmental technology,
information technology (IT), manufacturing, and the military. Biomedical,
environmental, computer hardware, mechanical, and industrial engineers will
continue to be called for in this metropolitan area.
Dallas is a hub of national and international air
transportation, but also boasts a considerable government presence. Other
important industries here include manufacturing and IT, as well as mining,
logging, and construction. Aerospace,
electrical, electronics, mechanical, industrial, and computer hardware
engineers are likely to be in continued demand here.
to see growth in the high tech and civil sectors, as well as aerospace, trade and
utilities. Denver in particular will see the highest engineering job growth in the country. With expansion predicted in the bioscience, energy,
and IT sectors, biomedical, mechanical, electrical, and computer hardware
engineers will likely be in demand here. The median annual salary for
engineering occupations in Denver is $91,250.
industries include manufacturing and mining. Over the next decade, the Phoenix area is expected to add jobs across a number of industries, including renewable
energy, biomedical, manufacturing, aerospace, and emerging technology. As a
result, the region will have a continued demand for mechanical, biomedical,
industrial, electrical, and electronics engineers. The median salary here is
engineers will find opportunities in a number of metropolitan areas. In San
Francisco, computer hardware, electronics, biomedical, and environmental
engineers are needed for the IT, media, biotech, and environmental sectors. In Los
Angeles, the aerospace and defense, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices,
and clean-tech and advanced transportation are well represented, resulting in a
demand for mechanical, electrical, biomedical, environmental, and industrial
engineers. And in Bakersfield, where the solar and wind industries are
set to expand due to recent government pledges to cut carbon emissions,
electrical and mechanical engineers will remain in demand.
On the East Coast, it’s
predicted that Washington DC will add thousands of engineering jobs, mainly in
computer systems design, technical consulting, and architecture. And last but
certainly not least, Massachusetts will remain a stronghold for information
technology, life sciences, maritime commerce, and renewable energy. Experts
predict many new engineering jobs will be added in the Boston area over the
next decade, predominantly for computer hardware engineers, electronics
engineers, biomedical engineers, and mechanical engineers.
As the world
continues to search for advanced solutions to a wide range of challenges, the
demand for skilled engineers in a variety of specializations will continue to
rise. And with innovation creating change at such a rapid pace, choosing
engineering as an occupation is a wise decision for today’s STEM professional.
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