13 Engineering Jobs in Top Demand

While plenty of engineering jobs have been slashed since the COVID-19 lockdown, many engineering jobs are even more in demand.

Rob Spiegel

April 28, 2020

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 While it’s hard to say how many engineering job openings are currently available, a look at the major job sites suggest there are more than 34,000. Opportunities for engineers with specialized skills are especially strong in the unusual environment of COVID-19. If your skills help companies become more efficient, you’ll likely find jobs opening up.

Do you know COBOL? ZipRecruiter has posted more than 200 jobs for those who know COBOL in New Jersey alone. Apparently, IT departments need help with old mainframes that are buckling under the high demand for processing, particularly when it comes to unemployment applications.

Dice, the career hub for technology professionals is seeing increased demand for web developers, systems analysts, and systems engineers.

ASME Members Are Busy with Work

The American Society for Mechanical Engineers polled its members and found that for design engineers working in management, 92% report that they are open for business through some form of remote operations. However, 12% of those still employed said they have a modified schedule.

While working remote, most of these engineers using their familiar design tools. Nearly 40% are using modeling software, while another 26% are using simulation software, and 27% are using drafting software. Data management tools are also in operation widely.

Job Titles in Demand

We spent time looking at a wide range of job sites to determine what jobs are hot even during this weird COVID-19 economy. Needless to say, the engineering jobs that can be completed remotely – such as many software jobs – tend to be the jobs most in demand.

In a few days we’ll release another jobs story that will look at the companies that are actively seeking engineers and those with a technical background.

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 cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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