It is no secret that the Great Recession has taken a large toll on the American economy, and the job market in particular. One profession that has seemed to defy the odds and continue to grow is Engineering. The United States has a very large demand for engineers in many different fields and the positions are hard to fill. WANTED Analytics brings us this interesting look at the hardest engineering jobs to fill at the moment.
Engineering jobs continue to be in-demand and hard-to-fill. Currently, there are 18 qualified candidates in the workforce for each job opening in the engineering occupational field. We examined each engineering occupation to see which ones are likely to be the most difficult-to-fill. Below, we listed each occupation with the most difficult recruiting conditions along with it’s Hiring Scale score. Our Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 – 99, with 99 indicating hard-to-fill.
Hardest-to-Fill Engineering Occupations
- Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists – 80
- Industrial Engineers – 77
- Industrial Safety and Health Engineers – 77
- Fire Prevention and Protection Engineers – 73
- Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers – 59
- Electrical Engineers – 57
- Mechanical Engineers – 56
- Petroleum Engineers – 52
- Chemical Engineers – 49
- Marine Engineers and Naval Architects – 48
Of all the engineering occupations, Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists are likely to be the most difficult-to-fill, scoring an 80. Seattle (WA) currently has the least difficult recruiting conditions for this occupation. Although conditions are less difficult in Seattle, they are still likely to be challenging, with a score of 68. Industrial Engineers also rank high among the hardest-to-fill engineering occupations. We covered hiring demand for this occupation and the best locations to recruit this talent earlier this week. Adversely, engineering occupations with the least challenging recruiting conditions include Agricultural Engineers and Transportation Engineers. These occupations score a 22 and 23, respectively, on our Hiring Scale.