Demand for Engineering Jobs Grows in 2013

By Jeffrey Quinn

Demand for Engineering Jobs Grows in 2013, Monster Employer Survey Finds

We recently surveyed employers to gauge their recruitment plans for engineering job opportunities, and learned that a majority of employers (73%) are likely to hire engineering talent over the next 60 days, driven primarily by staff increases (60%) and company expansion (54%).

Our survey found that there is both a need for a variety of engineers, including industrial and mechanical engineers, and higher activity by potential candidates. On average, engineering jobs posted to Monster see 44% more views today than the same period a year ago.”

Top 10 Engineering Job Opportunity Occupations

  • Industrial Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers (Except Computer)
  • Electronic Engineering Technicians
  • Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Aerospace Engineers

Top 10 Engineering Job Opportunity Markets

  • Houston
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Chicago
  • San Diego
  • Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • New York
  • Dallas
  • Irvine, Calif.
  • Atlanta
  • Austin

Though employers are hiring for engineering roles across all regions of the U.S., according to the survey they are not confident in their ability to acquire all the talent needed.

  • Less than one-half (39%) of employers hiring engineering talent are confident they will be able to staff all their engineering job opportunities.
  • Employers report that hiring challenges include a small talent pool with a lack of qualified candidates (74%), driven by highly specialized job requirements (56%), and non-competitive salaries (44%).
  • Nearly one-half (49%) of employers do not believe there are more engineering professionals searching for jobs in the U.S.

“Engineering is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the US, with the demand for engineers expected to remain strong for many years to come,” said Joanie Ruge, employment industry adviser to Monster and president of TACK Consulting. “One of the main factors driving engineering job opportunity is a factor of basic supply vs. demand. A large number of today’s engineers are baby boomers nearing retirement age, creating higher demand than supply. Anyone just entering college should consider a career in engineering if they want to take advantage of where the jobs are and will be.”


Monster’s study “Recruiting for Engineering Talent” surveyed 200 SMB to enterprise level employers who expect to recruit engineering talent in the next 12 months via an online survey. The study was designed to be representative of all Monster employers who have actively used Monster products and services over the past 18 months. The Engineering-related survey, part of an ongoing series that gauges employer opinion on recruitment, ran for two weeks in the months of January and February 2013. For a copy of this report, visit the Monster Resource Center.

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