Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016

  • Current median pay: $83,590 per year

    Number of current jobs: 277,500

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 14,600

    Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5% through 2024, about as fast as the average for all occu

  • Current median pay: $129,900 per year

    Number of current jobs: 35,100

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 3,400

    Employment of petroleum engineers is projected to grow 10% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupation

  • Current median pay: $91,310 per year

    Number of current jobs: 25,300

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 300

    Employment of materials engineers is projected to show little or no change through 2024. Materials engineers will be n

  • Current median pay: $107,830 per year

    Number of current jobs: 72,500

    Expected new jobs through 2014: -600

    Employment of aerospace engineers is projected to decline 2% through 2024. Aircraft are being redesigned to cut dow

  • Current median pay: $82,220 per year

    Number of current jobs: 281,400

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 23,600

    Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 8% through 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupati

  • Current median pay: $86,220 per year

    Number of current jobs: 22,100

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 5,100

    Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 23% through 2024, much faster than the average for all occup

  • Current median pay: $102,950 per year

    Number of current jobs: 16,800

    Expected new jobs through 2024: -700

    Employment of nuclear engineers is projected to decline 4% through 2024. Employment in several of the industries th

  • Current median pay: $97,360 per year

    Number of current jobs: 34,300

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 600

    Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 2% through 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. D

  • Current median pay: $111,730 per year

    Number of current jobs: 77,700

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 2,400

    Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 3% through 2024, slower than the average for all oc

  • Current median pay: $83,470 per year

    Number of current jobs: 241,100

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 2,100

    Employment of industrial engineers is projected to show little or no change through 2024. Firms in a variety of in

  • Current median pay: $95,230 per year

    Number of current jobs: 315,900

    Expected new jobs through 2024: -100

    Employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to show little or no change through 2024. Change in

  • Current median pay: $94,040 per year

    Number of current jobs: 8,300

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 500

    Employment of mining and geological engineers is projected to grow 6% through 2024, about as fast as the average for a

  • Current median pay: $79,530 per year

    Number of current jobs: 328,600

    Expected new jobs through 2024: -26,500

    Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 8% through 2024. Computer programming can be done fro

  • Current median pay: $84,560 per year

    Number of current jobs: 55,100

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 6,800

    Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 12% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupa

  • Current median pay: $84,600 per year

    Number of current jobs: 25,200

    Expected new jobs through 2024: 1,600

    Employment of health and safety engineers is projected to grow 6% through 2024, about as fast as the average for all


Job prospects for engineers over the next 10 years are moderately positive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , which recently released updated stats, most engineering disciplines will experience growth over the coming decade.

Professions such as biomedical engineering will see stellar growth of 23% over the next 10 years, while nuclear engineering will actually see a 4% decline in jobs over the coming decade.

The engineering profession is expected to follow the range of average job growth -- about 5% -- through 2024. Engineers, however, are expected to earn more, beginning right after graduation.

Two smart moves that will help your engineering job prospects, according to the latest stats, include post-grad education and the willingness to move into management.

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Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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