Many engineers feel that they are not sufficiently compensated for their work—and that is apparently true when it comes to the 7.1% of them who hold down second jobs. The statistics come from a 1997 National Science Foundation study that examined the demographics of working scientists and engineers who work at two jobs. Money, in fact, could have a lot to do with it. Engineers with a second job reported earnings 20% lower than the average for their counterparts with just a single job. Take note that the study is five years old. These days, many engineers probably would be more than happy to have even one job.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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