5 responses to “Forecast: Engineering Jobs”

  1. Fluxor

    Wow…if those BLS predictions for the next decade holds true, things are looking pretty bleak for EEs (and I don’t mean Env. Eng.). Another reason I’d like to head to where the action is — China or India.

  2. mjcarroll

    I find the numbers incredibly hard to believe for the Electrical and Electronics industry. There must be some sort of massive industry that they are leaving out.

    Also, they are very obviously biased towards press on biomedical engineering. While I believe that it will be a growing field, I don’t believe that all of the growth in the field will be entirely people holding degrees with “Biomedical Engineering” on them.

    In reality, it will probably be mechanical, electrical, and materials engineers doing a bulk of the work in the field called biomedical engineering, but without the specialization that the degree implies. Building better prosthetics, improving MRI, and making better miniature sensors are all tasks that come to mind relating to the health industry, but not directly “biomedical engineering”.

    I feel like the same applies to the field of environmental engineers.

  3. FrauTech

    mjcarrol – I agree and think that’s the problem with their job categories. Does an EE working in aerospace become an aerospace engineer? Or EEs working in biotech? It’s probably more useful to look at the overal 11% since across industry you end up with a lot of interdisciplinary teams developing products. In this economy, however, that seems overly optimistic to me. Especially since they have been telling us about how the baby boomer engineers were all going to retire and there’d be a shortage. If anything I’d say demand and wages have been driven down, so I’ll have to see this mass exodus to believe it.

  4. GEARS

    mjcarrol’s got it right about biomedical engineering in my opinion. I see plenty of people working in biomedical fields but they’re MechE or EE or MatSci. It seems to be the new flavor of the month. I suspect more people will be leveraging getting a more “generic” engineering degree in case the world finds a new flavor. I would always consider myself a MechE but my actual work is in a mechatronics group doing optics… Finding where people actually fit is much harder than generalizing with names. On the other hand, interesting info, if only to see rough trends.

  5. Cherish The Scientist

    Environmental engineering actually is a field unto itself. In the past ten years, there’s been an explosion of degree programs in the field, so it’s relatively young. It is rather cross-disciplinary in focus given it combines water management, civil engineering, and geological engineering. However, people in those fields may not be able to easily enter into enviromental without augmenting their background.