Engineering continues its torrid hiring pace across many industries and geographic regions. Wanted Analytics brings us the details on hiring in this sector:
Overall demand during 2013 is pacing 2% ahead of 2012. However, recent hiring for Engineers is actually down slightly. When comparing November 2013 to November 2012, the number of job ads decreased 4%. Engineers were most in-demand in Houston, TX, particularly in the support activities for oil and gas operations industry. Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and San Jose rounded out the 5 locations with the most job ads posted online for Engineers. Particularly, companies were looking for the following types of Engineers:
Most In-Demand Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
- Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
- Petroleum Engineers
- Computer Hardware Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Aerospace Engineers
Of the most commonly advertised engineering occupations above, only 4 experienced year-over-year growth: Industrial Engineers, Civil Engineers, Industrial Safety and Health Engineers, and Petroleum Engineers. Petroleum Engineers experienced the largest increase, rising 43%. This increase was mostly attributed to growing demand in the support activities for oil and gas operations industry.
On average, recruiting for Engineers is likely to be moderately difficult, scoring a 59 on our Hiring Scale. Our Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 – 99, with 99 denoting hardest-to-fill. Competition for talent becomes more challenging in Houston, the area with the highest number of job ads, scoring a 71. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers and Industrial Engineers score the highest of the jobs listed above, scoring an 80 and 79 respectively, indicating that they will be the most difficult-to-recruit. The recruiting difficulty for these 2 jobs actually increased since July 2013, when we reported on the Hardest-to-Fill Engineering Jobs. To give you a competitive advantage recruiting these hard-to-fill jobs, we looked at the best locations to source Engineers.