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50 Top Employers Selected by Tech Students

Students in engineering and IT are eyeing employers as they get ready to enter the workforce. They’ve listed their preferences from the 50th to the 1st.

Engineering and IT students are seeking jobs across a variety of industries. College brand manager, Universum, quizzed tech students on their dream jobs. Students revealed a preference for employers involved in next-generation advances in AI, natural language processing, automation, and robotics.

Over the past two years, Universum tracked students in engineering and IT to find the jobs they desired. The report reveals that the economic downturn spurred by the pandemic just strengthened student interest in emerging technology.

The tech and automotive industries were the big winners in the 2020 rankings. Both industries showed significant upward movement as top choices among young talent, a testament to innovation in those industries. The automotive industry, however, may struggle to hold on to these wins, given the slump in auto sales as well as pandemic-related challenges for car-sharing companies.

The report also pointed to data from LinkedIn that showed the fastest-growing job titles in the US in early 2020 were: AI specialists, robotics engineers, and data scientists. Universum noted that AI experts have seen a 74% increase in student interest over the last five years. The category includes AI engineers, machine learning engineers, AI researchers, and AI leaders. Interest in robotics engineering roles grew 40% in the last year.

Take a look at the companies and organizations selected by tech students at their dream employers.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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