Engineering has been and will continue to be one of the top career choices among many people. When you look at the numbers, it’s the industry to be in with a steady growth rate of 10.3% over the period 2008 to 2018. Still, engineering is a broad industry and can be broken down in smaller fields, so which niche job is considered to be on the rise to success?
Top In-Demand Engineering Jobs in 2018
Choosing a job or even a major in college can be a tough decision – especially when it comes to specialization like the different career options open in engineering. To help make this decision, you will want security to know you are going down the right path. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the fields that have the most opportunity and the highest demand. Thanks to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. News, we will give you an idea of the most in-demand engineering jobs for 2018 below.
1. Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineering involves research, design, and development. Solving problems is the key to any role in this field, a field that has dramatically changed with the use of computers to help speed up analysis in projects. Thanks to 3-D Printing and the evolution of new engineering materials, it is an exciting field hence it’s projection at the top engineering job for 2018.
25,300 Projected Jobs | 9% Growth Rate | $84,190 Median Salary | 1.1% Unemployment Rate
2. Civil Engineer
A field known for its structures, civil engineering is responsible for the design and maintenance of the buildings, bridges, roads, and other structures we utilize everyday. It is one of the largest sectors of the engineering industry to date and will continue to be in 2018.
32,100 Projected Jobs | 11% Growth Rate | $83,540 Median Salary | 1.5% Unemployment Rate
With the explosion of interactive and electronic maps, it is no surprise there has been in increase in the necessity of people to draw them. Cartographers need both analytical and artistic skills to find patterns and trends then see and share them visually.
2,400 Projected Jobs | 19% Growth Rate | $62,750 Median Salary | 3.7% Unemployment Rate
4. Petroleum Engineer
It is thanks to these engineers that oil is extracted in the safest and most cost-efficient methods. This takes analytical minds to pour over data and experience usually gained through common co-op programs. Oil prices will always affect this field and is something to also keep in mind.
4,900 Projected Jobs | 15% Growth Rate | $128,230 Median Salary | 5.9% Unemployment Rate
5. Biomedical Engineer
Engineers in this field deal with biological and medical concerns to research and develop solutions. These solutions are designed to help others and are usually in the form of medical equipment.
1,500 Projected Jobs | 7% Growth Rate | $85,620 Median Salary | 2.5% Unemployment Rate
6. Environmental Engineering Technician
These environmental engineering technicians are responsible for carrying out the plans environmental engineers create. Both the technicians and environmental engineers are focused on reducing environmental pollution. As a technician there is range of laboratory and field work to carry out the job.
2,200 Projected Jobs | 13% Growth Rate | $49,170 Median Salary | 2.9% Unemployment Rate
Engineering is a field with numerous opportunity and diversity. It is a major that turns into a successful career based on individual skill-set and interest. Not to mention it is an industry searching for individuals to join. According to the Bureau, there is an estimated increase of 52,000 jobs for drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians with an additional increase of 40,100 jobs for architects and cartographers.
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