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Some Engineering Jobs Will See Double-Digit Growth Over Next 7 Years

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent through 2024, while some other engineering focuses will see higher employment growth and some will see lower or no growth, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Recent 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.

This is part two of a two-part article. Here, Design News looks at Electro-Mechanical Technicians through Petroleum Engineers. Part one looked the disciplines of Aerospace through Electrical Engineering. 

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.

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.

Click on the slideshow below to see how wages and prospects for individual engineering disciplines are expected to grow (or shrink) over the next seven years.

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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