Engineering Jobs and Salaries Are Growing

New data from the BLS projects expansion for most engineering disciplines over the next decade.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    New Job and Salary Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

    According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment engineering occupations are projected to grow 7% from 2017 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The bureau expects194,300 new jobs will be added to the engineering field.

    Engineering services will be in demand in various industries such as rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and robotics.

    The median annual wage for engineering occupations was $77,900 in 2016. The median annual wages for all occupations in engineering was more than twice as high as the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy, which was $37,040.

    The following slides show the 2016 salaries and job forecast for engineering by individual discipline.

    (Image source: Penn State News)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Aerospace Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for aerospace engineers: $109, 650

    According to the BLS, employment of aerospace engineers is projected to grow 6% from 2017 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Aircraft are being redesigned to cause less noise pollution and have better fuel efficiency, which will help sustain demand for research and development.

    In addition, as international governments refocus their space exploration efforts, new companies are emerging to provide access to space beyond the access afforded by standard governmental space agencies.

    (Image source: burcas.co.uk)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Biomedical Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for biomedical engineers: $85, 620

    Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 7% from 2017 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

    Increasing numbers of technologies and applications to medical equipment and devices, along with the medical needs of a growing aging population, will require the services of biomedical engineers.

    (Image source: sites.psu.edu)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Chemical Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for chemical engineers: $98, 340

    Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 8% from 2017 to 2026. Demand for chemical engineers’ services depends largely on demand for the products of various manufacturing industries.

    (Image source: futureengineers.com)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Civil Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for civil engineers: $83, 540

    Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 11% from 2017 to 2026, exceeding the average for all occupations.

    As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild, repair, and upgrade bridges, roads, levees, dams, airports, buildings, and structures of all types.

    (Image source: WikimediaCommons)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Computer Hardware Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for computer hardware engineers: $115, 080

    Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow a noteable 55% from 2017 to 2026.

    A limited number of engineers will be needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more technological innovation takes place with software than with hardware.

    (Image source: eng-cs.syr.edu)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for electrical and electronics engineers: $96, 270

    Overall employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to grow 7% from 2017 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

    The change in employment is expected to be tempered by slow growth or decline in most manufacturing industries in which electrical and electronics engineers are employed.

    (Image source: engineeringcareercoach.com)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Environmental Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for environmental engineers: $84, 890

    Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 8% from 2017 to 2026, just above  the average for all occupations.

    State and local governments’ concerns regarding water availability and quality should lead to efforts to increase the efficiency of water use. 

    (Image source: Freedigitalphotos)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Geological and Mining Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for geological and mining engineers: $93, 720

    Employment of geological and mining engineers is projected to grow 8% from 2017 to 2026, just above the average for all occupations.

    Employment growth for mining and geological engineers will be driven by demand for mining operations. In addition, as companies look for ways to cut costs, they are expected to contract more services with engineering services firms, rather than employ engineers directly.

    (Image source: bls.gov)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Industrial Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for Industrial engineers: $84, 310

    Employment of industrial engineers is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Firms in a variety of industries will continue to seek new ways to contain costs and improve efficiency.

    (Image source: iboink.com)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Materials Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for materials engineers: $93, 310

    Employment of materials engineers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2017 to 2026, much slower than the average for all occupations. Materials engineers will be needed to design uses for new materials both in traditional industries, such as aerospace manufacturing, and in industries focused on new medical or scientific products. However, most materials engineers work in manufacturing industries, many of which are expected to have declines or little change in employment.

    (Image source: engr.sjsu.edu)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Mechanical Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for mechanical engineers: $84, 190

    Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026, a bit faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology.

    (Image source: valdosta.edu)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Nuclear Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for nuclear engineers: $102, 220

    Employment of nuclear engineers is projected to grow 4% from 2017 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations.

    Employment is projected to decline in electric power generation, but projected to increase in research and development in engineering, and in management, scientific, and technical consulting services.

    (Image source: bls.com)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Petroleum Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for petroleum engineers: $128, 230

    Employment of petroleum engineers is projected to grow 15% from 2017 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Oil prices will be a major determinant of employment growth.

    Higher prices can cause oil and gas companies to increase capital investment in new facilities and expand existing production operations, along with exploration.

    (Image source: archive.knust.edu.gh)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Software Developers

    BLS estimate of median pay for software engineers: $102, 280

    Employment of software developers is projected to grow 24% from 2017 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for software in areas beyond PCs, including automotive.

    (Image source: employers.glassdor.com)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs, salaries, job prospects

    Safety and Health Engineers

    BLS estimate of median pay for safety engineers: $86, 720

    Employment of safety and health engineers is projected to grow 9% from 2017 to 2026, a bit faster than the average for all occupations.

    As buildings, products, and processes continue to become more complex and new regulations are created, these engineers will be needed to reduce costs, save lives, and produce safe consumer products.

    (Image source: Eme.psu.edu)

 

 

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.

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to post comments.
  • Oldest First
  • Newest First
Loading Comments...