Want Engineering Work? Try These 15 Hot Jobs for 2021

The engineering employment scene shifted this year as AI and other automation disciplines gained traction.

Rob Spiegel

September 1, 2021

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Technology jobs are hot this year. As the pandemic continues through its second year, the engineering profession has come out butter side up. Here are some of the trends we’re seeing that affect the technology job market. The slideshow will show what engineering disciplines are getting the job traction.

This Is the Hottest Tech Job Market Since the Dot Com Era

According to Technically Media, the technology job market dipped in 2020 only to come back in 2021 with a 30% increase in job postings. The company report three major trends:

  • Remote work is here to stay

  • AR/VR will be widely adopted

  • Fewer students are pursuing STEM

While those three forecasts may seem at odds with each other – if tech jobs are hot, why are fewer students pursuing STEM – these trends also match longer trends where manufacturing jobs are plentiful and college students are not interested.

In 2021, Technically Media reports that the average salary increase was around 2.9% in 2020, down from the projected average increase of 3.3% expected at the start of the year. Yet salaries in 2021 are starting to rise as a result of competition.

Sources for this story: New Engineer, LinkedIn, Austin Nichols, CIO, Modis, SmartAsset, Career Karma, SoloPoint Solutions, Palmer Group, Ranstad, CareerExplorer, Forbes, Computer Science Career Hub, PayScale, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Related:13 Engineering Jobs in Top Demand

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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