Earlier this month, we posted a summary of our annual salary survey, and it contained some promising news. Salaries are up for the third year in a row, and job satisfaction remains high, but 41 percent of those surveyed strongly agree that they are underpaid and overworked. Only 27 percent say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload; the rest remain neutral.
That is a pretty low percentage of people who think they are being fairly paid. Then again, in today's economy most people are grateful that they have a job to go to. Only 7 percent say that they are not at all concerned with the current economic climate, while 20 percent are extremely or very concerned. It is tough out there, and that is why more than half of the engineers surveyed are concerned with their job security. Those concerned about job security say the top factors that affect their feelings are their company, the economy, and politics.
It is interesting to note that 74 percent of engineers surveyed strongly agree that they are appreciated and respected, and only 9 percent say they are not. Almost just as many people agreed that the role of an engineer is a respected position. Eighty-four percent gave engineering the ultimate seal of approval -- willingness to recommend the profession to their child.
Download the full survey, sponsored by Aerotek, here.
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