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Will Your Engineering Industry See Jobs Growth Over Next 7 Years?

<p>New projections from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate engineering jobs will grow 3% over the coming seven years. While some disciplines such as aerospace engineering will experience a small decline, jobs for most engineering disciplines are on the rise.</p><p>Employment for engineers will expand by roughly 67,200 new jobs. The growth rate is slower than the average for all occupations, in part, because several engineering technician categories are projected to decline as improvements in technology, such as design software, make workers more productive.</p><p>The median annual wage for engineering jobs is currently $77,900. The engineering median wages are higher than the median annual wage for all occupations, which is currently $37,040.</p><p>Click on the slideshow to see how wages and prospects for individual engineering disciplines are expected to grow or shrink over the next seven years.</p>
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects continual growth for engineering employment over the next 7 years, just not in every industry.

This is part one of a two-part article. Part one includes the disciplines Aerospace through Electrical Engineering. Part two will look at Electro-Mechanical Technicians through Petroleum Engineering. Watch DesignNews.com for part two in the month of August.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 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.

Images courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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