Where The Jobs Are: 2014

The manufacturing and petrochemical industries need electrical engineers

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Where The Jobs Are: 2014
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The slowly recovering economy is yielding gains for electrical engineers: In early 2014, job website CareerBuilder had 3.5 electrical engineering jobs posted for every job-seeking candidate, while U.S. tech recruiting firm Randstad Engineering says demand for electrical engineers is high in semiconductor and telecommunications companies and the energy and transportation sectors. And in manufacturing, “we’re seeing an increased demand for EEs, specifically quality and control engineers,” says Jay Rogers, vice president of recruiting at Randstad. “There is also a demand for control engineers in the petroleum industry. And salaries in that industry are off the charts.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top-paying jobs for electrical engineers are in software development and in oil and gas extraction, with average salaries of US $119,000 and $118,000, respectively.

Many of Randstad’s client companies sponsor H-1B work visas for international hires when the supply of U.S. engineers is low, Rogers says. But this year, they are having trouble filling even those work visa positions. The auto industry also has an escalating need for engineers with power electronics as well as computer engineering and software know-how, he adds.

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