Where the Tech Jobs Are: 2016

The Internet of Things, medical electronics, and railroads are all good bets

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The Class of 2016 will enter the most welcoming U.S. job market in nearly a decade: Sixty-seven percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, the highest number since 2007, according to job site CareerBuilder’s annual forecast. Second only to business majors, freshly minted engineers are set to enjoy most of that hiring goodwill as the U.S. economy continues its slow-but-steady postrecession growth. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), at the end of last year, two-thirds of company respondents were planning to hire engineers.

“The electrical engineer has a lot of opportunity,” says Richard Zambacca, president of technical recruiting firm Randstad Engineering. “Those entering the workplace now and those in the field have a bright future ahead of them.” EEs’ “highly transferable skills” make them sought-after candidates for a variety of U.S. firms, Zambacca says, adding that this year’s opportunities are particularly ripe in sectors such as medical devices, automotive systems, and telecommunications. (The average starting salary for EEs this year is US $66,269, according to NACE.)

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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