Where the Engineering Jobs Are

Where the Engineering Jobs Are: April 2015

April 8, 2015

A quarterly examination of the distribution, outlook, and availability of the top five engineering jobs in the United States.

After a tough Q4, the opening months of 2015 were a welcome sight. Nearly every non-software discipline experienced at least modest quarterly growth, and engineers in every top discipline have a wider field of prospects than this time last year.

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Much of this growth was concentrated within the usual suspects, mirroring the average distribution of engineering jobs in any given snapshot. California, Texas, Michigan, and the Capital region continue to sustain the lion’s share of engineering jobs, overall, as well as the most consistent growth across all disciplines.

We did see one minor regional shakeup, as this quarter’s surge in systems engineering positions elbowed NY out of the top five, with the DC Metro area and state of Virginia claiming the third and fourth positions.

Across the most popular, non-software engineering jobs, the richest target areas for job seekers are:

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Today, I’ll break down each of these engineering disciplines by location, growth potential, and historical performance. The standard Where the Engineering Jobs Are disclaimers apply:

  • This report is based on 52 weeks of database snapshots, with an average of 301,000 data points each.
  • Churn is constant and real-time totals will vary from those presented here. Each section contains links to current listings.
  • Software engineering and non-engineering technical roles are excluded from this data set.
  • The entire database is open to search for free, without registration.

Electrical Engineering Jobs Outlook

Electrical engineers are the Swiss Army knives of the engineering community; in any industry, there is something they can turn their talents to. Historically, it has always offered the most opportunity of any non-software discipline we track.

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 Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 29,064
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 1,211
    • Percentage: 4.47%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 1,425
    • Percentage: 5.47%

Top 5 States::

  1. California: 5,485
  2. Texas: 1,786
  3. Michigan: 1,714
  4. Massachusetts: 1,413
  5. DC: 1,303
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Systems Engineering Jobs Outlook

When working with a commercial electrical crew, I overheard the project manager say, “If it’s a one-person project, hire an electrical or a mechanical engineer. If you need a dozen, one of them better be a systems guy.”

The more complex engineering projects become, the more the world needs systems engineers. If you’re still weighing career paths or considering a lateral move, you’d do well to give systems some thought.

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Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 25,424
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 1,154
    • Percentage: 5.04%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 3,923
    • Percentage: 20.68%

Top 5 States::

  1. DC: 4,750
  2. Virginia: 3,529
  3. California: 3,234
  4. Maryland: 2,055
  5. Texas: 1,328
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Mechanical Engineering Jobs Outlook

Mechanical engineering continues its slow and steady growth into this quarter. Its quarterly numbers lack the exciting curve of civil or systems engineering, but that’s also something of a feature; mechanical engineers are insulated from market shocks by the ability to do almost anything.

If it does work, they can work on it.

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Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 20,195
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 562
    • Percentage: 2.98%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 1,300
    • Percentage: 7.38%

Top 5 States::

  1. California: 2519
  2. Michigan: 1,769
  3. Texas: 1,392
  4. Illinois: 939
  5. Ohio: 937
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Computer Engineering Jobs Outlook

With embedded systems cropping up everywhere, and ever-increasing demand for intelligence in everyday objects, demand for computer engineers isn’t going to drop off any time soon. While the short-term numbers don’t show staggering growth in the field — strong and respectable, but not a boom — a casual reading of the last decade strongly suggest such a period is around the corner.

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Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 13,439
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 529
    • Percentage: 4.27%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 1,801
    • Percentage: 17.88%

Top 5 States::

  1. California: 2,320
  2. DC: 1,316
  3. Texas: 981
  4. Virginia: 911
  5. Maryland: 791
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Civil Engineering Jobs Outlook

Civil engineering is the Rodney Dangerfield of engineering jobs:  they’re the oldest discipline on the board and, in many ways, get the least respect.

Unlike Rodney Dangerfield, most of us would be dead without their work; civil engineers design and build much of the supporting infrastructure of human civilization.

As said infrastructure ages, settlement patterns shift, and climate conditions change, there is renewed interest and investment in the field.

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Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 11,538
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 1,176
    • Percentage: 11.99%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 2,086
    • Percentage: 26.68%

Top 5 States::

  1. California: 5,485
  2. Texas: 1,786
  3. Florida: 1,714
  4. Pennsylvania: 1,413
  5. New York: 1,303
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11 Comments
Tim says:

Can you provide an outlook for Materials Science Engineering next issue?

Amanda Orson says:

Absolutely, Tim.

JF Stackhouse says:

Why wait?

Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 994
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 45
    • Percentage: 4.58%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 100
    • Percentage: 11.16%

Top 5 States:

  1. Michigan: 133
  2. California: 119
  3. Texas: 72
  4. Ohio: 66
  5. Pennsylvania: 40
Yasmin says:

I noticed Biomedical Engineering isn’t on here. Is that because it’s medical? I was curious about the potential opportunities in that field. Could you do an outlook for it?

JF Stackhouse says:

Coming right up!

Growth Stats:

  • Total Jobs: 1,447
  • Quarterly Growth:
    • Jobs: 111
    • Percentage: 8.25%
  • Year-on-Year Growth:
    • Jobs: 154
    • Percentage: 13.28%

Top 5 States:

  1. California: 231
  2. Massachusetts: 151
  3. New York: 100
  4. Texas: 86
  5. New Jersey: 71
Nate says:

I’m wondering how the future looks for Mining Engineering. Is it as bad as I think it is?

Tina says:

HI, I’m wondering if you can talk about chemical engineering?

Jay says:

Hi JF,

I always enjoy reading your articles regarding where the engineering jobs are. I’m wife who lives in Washington DC is currently finishing up her BSRN degree and while the market there is good for nursing it isn’t so good for me – mechanical engineering – like CA is.

JF I greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with the statistics comparing CA and DC for mechanical engineering jobs.

Cheers

JP

Carter says:

Could you give per capita results as well? Pure open jobs doesn’t really present the whole picture I feel like. This is really almost just a population map.

JF Stackhouse says:

Relevant xkcd. I’ll incorporate per capita results into the next jobs report. Thanks for the feedback, Carter- it’s how projects improve.

Charles Miller says:

Can you provide the outlook for aerospace engineers in your next report?