Engineering jobs experience high demand in 2013

May 22, 2013

Engineering jobs are expected to remain in high demand as 73 percent of employers say they are likely to hire engineers in the next 60 days, according to a recent survey by jobs site Monster.

Despite what has been a sluggish job market, CU-Boulder students and prospective students considering careers in engineering are in for a path primed for plenty of growth opportunities.

“Engineering is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. with the demand for engineers expected to remain strong for many years to come,” says Joanie Ruge, employment industry adviser to Monster and president of TACK Consulting Inc. “One of the main factors driving engineering job opportunity is a factor of basic supply versus demand. A large number of today’s engineers are baby boomers nearing retirement age, creating higher demand than supply. Anyone just entering college should consider a career in engineering if they want to take advantage of where the jobs are and will be.”

Hiring in the engineering field has been especially strong over the past year, says Jeffrey Quinn, vice president of Global Monster Insights. In fact, 60 percent of respondents say they anticipate hiring to account for necessary staff increases while 54 percent of respondents attribute engineering job growth to company expansion. With this kind of growth and sustainability, CU-Boulder engineering students are in a good position once they enter the work force.

Among the various engineering sectors, civil engineering ranks in the top half for job opportunities, the survey reveals. Engineering job seekers can expect to find the best job markets in Houston; San Jose, Calif.; and Chicago.