Where the Engineering Jobs Are

Where the Engineering Jobs Are: October 2014

October 14, 2014

What are the hottest states, disciplines, and metro areas for engineering jobs this quarter?

In this quarter’s Where the Engineering Jobs Are, we used the October 2014 snapshot of open job listings to determine the ten disciplines and states with the highest demand. For each of those top engineering disciplines, we also highlighted the metropolitan area with the highest number of available jobs.

(If you’re interested in more recent data, check out the February 2015 Engineering Jobs Report.)

Some notes, before we begin:

  • This quarter’s report is based on a sample size of 307,928 engineering jobs in the United States.
  • Technician and other non-engineering roles were excluded.
  • Discipline rankings exclude software engineering, which will be the subject of a separate report.
  • Churn is constant. Snapshot numbers may not reflect real time, onsite totals in each category; each snapshot total will be formatted to link to its real time value, if you’re interested in further research.

For completeness sake, I’ll append full tables with the snapshot totals by discipline and state at the end of each section. Each cell will link to a current listing of available positions in its related category.

Top 10 Engineering Jobs in America

Excluding software, electrical engineering continues to offer the most opportunities for American engineers, followed closely by Systems and Mechanical engineering.

Top 10 Engineering Disciplines Engineer Jobs October 2014 Resize Fixed

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These three disciplines tend to dominate engineering jobs reports due to the incredible range of possible applications for their skill set. What matters far more in turn of job search outcomes is domain-specific experience and qualifications — if there is sufficient interest for more granular analysis within each discipline, we’d be happy to break those factors out for public review.

Best Metro Areas Per Top 10 Discipline

This table targets the best-performing metropolitan area for each of the top ten engineering disciplines. Note that these jobs aren’t necessarily located within the political boundaries of the named location, as with states, but within a twenty-five mile radius.

Electrical Fremont, CA 2,773
Systems Bethesda, MD 5,070
Mechanical Livonia, MI 1,235
Computer Bethesda, MD 1,350
Civil Elizabeth, NJ 455
Network Bethesda, MD 1,303
Project Houston, TX 462
Manufacturing Southfield, MI 400
Quality Fremont, CA 523
Process Houston, TX 320

Total Engineering Jobs by Discipline:  October 2014 Snapshot

Here are the discipline-specific snapshot totals, for reference. The name of each discipline is linked to its corresponding category page on EngineerJobs, where you can find real time figures.

Software 138,409 Manufacturing 7,886 Structural 2,243 Packaging 745
Electrical 27,915 Quality 7,443 Construction 1,858 Petroleum 706
Systems 23,748 Process 7,158 Aerospace 1,565 Metallurgical 340
Mechanical 19,410 Chemical 6,462 Architectural 1,447 Nuclear 312
Computer 12,538 Industrial 5,985 Biomedical 1,340 Marine 298
Civil 9,742 Sales 5,689 Safety 1,098 Agricultural 219
Network 8,024 Environmental 2,683 Materials 1,085 Mining 196
Project 8,015 Electronics 2,513 Geotechnical 840 Solar 16

Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs

Moving back to the macro-level, we also looked at the ten best-performing states in terms of open job listings. Together, they represent 59.4% of all available engineering jobs:

Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs Engineer Jobs Open Listings October 2014 Resize

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Please note that these totals include software engineering and may not be evident of trends within the broader engineering economy. (Though it’s worth noting that, in terms of software engineering, California has more press than available positions. The most target-rich place to base yourself while hunting for software engineering jobs isn’t Silicon Valley — it’s Newark, NJ.)

Again, for easier access to real time totals, here’s a table with the top ten states’ values:

CA 45,988 IL 13,302
DC 22,890 MA 12,472
TX 22,299 MD 11,635
NY 17,906 MI 10,893
VA 16,321 PA 10,030

 

If you’d like more detailed data from the October 2014 snapshot, feel free to either comment here or reach out over Twitter. We’re always happy to help and open to constructive feedback.

4 Comments
Jordan Johnson says:

Do you have the complete data set? I’d love to look at the whole thing. Possible break it down to a per capita basis for each discipline.

JF Stackhouse says:

We were talking about releasing the data for other people to tinker with, earlier today. I love the idea, just want to think it through before I go fully public with it.

I’d be willing to email you a copy of the latest data set, though, if you’re interested in messing around with it. Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 cool with you, as a framework? (Basically: do whatever you like, even sell it, just credit our contribution.) Let me know and I’ll pass over a copy.

(By the way: Surna, huh? I would love to chat with you about that, some time.)

murshida says:

in bangladesh,there are no good opportunity for a female eng.they do not want to give any chance.but why?

JF Stackhouse says:

I have no idea. Closing the workforce to women is like working one-handed.

Personally, I believe all reasonable effort should be made to create a professional environment where judging an engineer by gender, origin, or creed is unthinkable. All that should matter, ever, is one’s professionalism and ability. Wherever I see someone taking on that fight, they have my support.