Industry Market Trends

Survey Reveals Engineers among Most Satisfied in Jobs, Top Occupations in Industry

Aug 15, 2013

Engineers are the most satisfied with all aspects of their jobs when compared to other job seekers, but less than half (37 percent) say that their employers are willing to offer the training needed to support their jobs, according to a new survey released by

The findings also show a major disparity between employer perceptions and job-seeker expectations for hiring trends. While just 11 percent of engineers said that they are "extremely" confident that they could find a job in the next year, employers recruiting engineering talent indicate otherwise, with 73 percent reporting that they are "likely" to hire this year.

The Workforce Talent Survey, which was based on responses of nearly 6,000 registered site users, marks a sharp contrast from a separate survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of staffing provider Randstad Engineering, which found that 62 percent of engineering professionals are confident in their ability to find jobs -- a jump from 51 percent in the first quarter of 2013. The survey included the responses of 119 U.S. workers employed in the engineering industry.

Both surveys, however, highlight a prominent issue: there is a major shortage in engineering talent. Just 39 percent of the employers that took the Monster survey said that they were confident in staffing all their engineering job positions.

The survey also highlights the top markets for employment, with Houston, New York, San Diego, and Austin, Texas, in the top five. Engineering majors can also consider the top 10 engineering occupations:


1.                      Industrial Engineers

2.                      Mechanical Engineers

3.                      Electrical Engineers

4.                      Civil Engineers

5.                      Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

6.                      Electronics Engineering Technicians

7.                      Industrial Engineering Technicians

8.                      Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

9.                      Computer Hardware Engineers

10.                     Aerospace Engineers


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