Engineering Demand to Only Grow Further in 2014

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A month into 2014, many industries are assessing their staffing services needs for the remainder of the year and beyond. Specifically, engineering is expected to pick up in demand as one of the most-sought skills in the market, with some companies struggling to fill all of their positions thanks to high demand.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the engineering sector has seen a huge surge of activity worldwide that will grow in the near future as well across all boards, and has been noted as the foremost degree in demand today, no matter the discipline. Specifically in Texas, the booming energy sector is driving huge growth in the industry.

"Especially for our shale plays in Texas, we are currently looking for drilling and completions engineers and production and reservoir engineers, and have openings in certain safety and project engineering disciplines," Tim Cutt, the president of BHP Billiton's petroleum and potas division, told the news source.

In speaking to researchers at the University of Houston, the news source also found that there continues to be high demand from the industry regarding mechanical engineering. Workers with specialties in petroleum, chemical, process and control engineering will also see growth, while electrical engineers with skills in embedded sensors will also be desired. Other sectors that will continue to see attention in engineering include those with specialties in civil and industries processing.

Automotive suppliers expected to struggle
Such demand is being seen all around the country in the engineering field, and some industries may see their employment levels be lower than expected as a result. For instance, according to Automotive News, a recent survey of auto suppliers has found that they may struggle to find enough employees thanks to sales records and product development as the number of vehicles produced in 2014 are expected to be twice that of 2013.

In a survey of 100 automotive suppliers, 90 of them planned to expand their staff, and 75 percent of those respondents were seeing problems in finding the right candidates. As on-board software systems continue to expand into realms like collision avoidance systems, software engineers are in heavy demand by these companies. Other areas of business that are struggling to find enough engineering include mechanical, electrical and manufacturing disciplines, as 2014 is expected to bring 33 new automotive models to the market.

In better retaining these employees once they land them, companies are also working to expand their training budgets - 45 percent said they planned to increase such funding by at least 10 percent in the hopes that those trained employees will stick around longer. 

Industrial, civil also expected to grow
The high-tech aspects of the market aren't the only ones that'll see increases. According to Steven Van Reede, civil engineers' transformative skills are expected to help their specific field see rises of more than 114,600 new positions through 2018. Second place in the engineering world will likely come from the industrial sector, with predicted growth of 85,400, followed by that of mechanical engineering, with more than 75,000 new positions to join the market.

As such, many industries are fully expecting to see a variety of different levels of growth, though more than 14 different disciplines will see a notable change in their industry demand in that time. For instance, more than 38,900 electrical engineering positions will be created. Companies looking for agricultural engineers, however, may want to focus heavily on retaining their employees' services, as only 900 new positions will be created in the next 10 years. As a result, demand will be high and any benefits that can be extended to them likely will be.