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Engineering Jobs Follow the Money

But can engineers follow the jobs?

3 min read

Want more money? There’s no mystery where jobs for engineers can be found; they move with the economy.

For example, after years of stagnant oil prices, money is flowing into the oil patch. And that’s good news for petroleum engineers. Since 2003, their employment has grown by 8 percent per year, and—even after subtracting for inflation—earnings grew by 2.3 percent per year. If sustained, that would mean a healthy 25 percent increase over inflation in 10 years.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

2 min read
A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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