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Engineers in Demand? Which Ones & Where?

We all know Engineers are in high demand right now. What’s new? Well, do you know which titles are in the highest demand? Wanted Analytics brings us the data:
We’ve noticed many Recruiters searching for information on Engineer hiring demand. Because of this high level of interest we examined overall Engineering hiring trends. Below are the most advertised engineer job titles.
  1. Mechanical Engineer
  2. Electrical Engineer
  3. Manufacturing Engineer
  4. Quality Engineer
  5. Engineer
  6. Project Engineer
  7. Process Engineer
  8. Design Engineer
  9. Senior Mechanical Engineer
  10. Senior Electrical Engineer

Since the recession bottomed out, hiring demand for Engineers has been on the rise. The volume of job ads increased 91% since June 2009 and surpassed pre-recession levels in March 2011. A new high was seen during March 2012 with more than 162,000 jobs advertised online.


Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Engineer Positions – 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Engineers

Industries with the most demand for Engineers are:


  1. Engineering Services
  2. All Other Business Support Services
  3. Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing
  4. Executive Search Firms
  5. Computer Systems Design Services
  6. Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
  7. Aircraft Manufacturing
  8. Administrative Manufacturing and General Management Consulting Services
  9. Research & Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
  10. All Other Support Services

As might be expected, recruiting throughout the country is more likely to be difficult. However, this is with some exceptions. Our Hiring Scale™heat map shows the difficulty levels of recruiting for Engineers in the US. The green areas are the cities with the best recruiting conditions. These include Palm Bay (Florida), Bingham (New York), Poughkeepsie (New York), Casper (Wyoming) and Houma (Louisiana).


Hiring Scale Heat Map for Engineers 



Houston, TX had the most demand for Engineers while Schaumburg, IL experienced the highest increase in demand over the past year. On average job ads are posted online for 45 days, just over 6 weeks. This time can be reduced by posting ads in cities like Dover, DE. Hiring conditions may not be improved in this area, but average posting period is less, which can indicate that time-to-hire might be quicker. Below is a snapshot of the posting period heat map.


Average Posting Period for EngineersSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

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