Engineering professionals will be glad to know their industry as a whole appears to be progressing as fast as the technology its workers create, as several sectors in particular have opportunities for future growth.
Mechanical engineers, for instance, currently enjoy a wide variety of options in the Texas energy market, according to the Houston Chronicle. As off-shore drilling remains active, with high demand for energy and new advances in technology driving more and deeper production every year, the industry is searching for workers who are able and ready to fulfill the needs of its rapidly expanding rig fleets.
Electrical, development engineers still in demand
As the economy continues to improve, high-tech entities from the Fortune 500 to the government continue to require the services of engineers, though one drop may hurt. At the end of 2012, the unemployment rates for electrical and computer engineers stood well below the general educated unemployment rate, though electrical engineering unemployment rose sharply to 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Automotive jobs are helping lead the charge, according to the news source, though companies whose business is directly related to the industry are also hiring. Telecommunications companies are actively searching for electrical engineers who have skill in radio frequency, while the natural gas boom has created additional demand for tens of thousands of jobs, its aging workforce spurring further need for fresh talent.
Industries are also in high need of software development engineers, especially as they develop the new frontier of computer business, focused on new trends like big data and online education. All sectors need programming and Web-building skills and are willing to seek out the employees to do so. In addition, the software development sector has grown faster than any others - it's spiked 7 percent in the last three years, with more than 70,000 jobs added in the meantime.
Employee confidence rising
If that wasn't enough, engineering employee confidence is at a level that's only been seen twice since 2008, according to Staffing Industry. The second quarter of 2013 saw the index rise by seven points up to 61.9, only the second time it has crested 60 since 2008.
A larger amount of professionals in the field believe more jobs are available in the industry, and have also become more confident about finding a new job. Belief in increased job opportunities rose by 14 points from quarter to quarter reaching 35 percent, while 62 percent of engineers are confident in their ability to find a job, up from 51 percent in the first quarter of 2013. A larger amount of engineering professionals also see growth and opportunity in a strengthening economy, with 40 percent now putting faith in it, up from 26 percent in the first quarter.
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