Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly

Rob Spiegel

September 7, 2016

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Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly

New projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals lukewarm growth for engineering salaries and job growth.

Overall job prospects over the coming decades varies by engineering discipline. Some disciplines are expanding at a good clip, while others are declining. Overall employment of engineers is projected to grow 3% over the decade, adding about 67,200 new jobs.

The employment growth rate for engineers is slower than the average for all occupations, in part because several occupations in the group are projected to decline as improvements in technology, such as design software and plant automation, make workers more productive.

The median annual wage for engineers is currently $76,870. That's more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy, which is $36,200.

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Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 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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