An education in any engineering discipline doesn’t come cheap, not to mention the time and effort spent studying to ensure you do well in a very competitive field! Now that your education is complete, what comes next? You need to find work to begin paying off all your student loans, of course! This article will help you find engineering employment and give you some brief information on the career outlook for a freshly-graduated engineer.
According to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) used by the government and the Department of Labor, there are 17 sub-groups of various engineering occupations as follows:
- Computer hardware
- Health & Safety (mining safety and inspection is categorized separately)
- Marine & naval
- Mining & geology
Engineering graduates can find jobs through the following avenues:
- On-campus recruitment: An annual exercise on most campuses where the companies come calling… looking for fresh talent.
- Employment agencies and consultants specializing in engineering recruitment.
- Government: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% of all engineers in the US were employed by federal, state and local governments in 2006, in a variety of segments including defense, NASA, agriculture, interior works, etc at the federal level and public works, petroleum & energy and civil engineering at the state and local government levels.
- Work for yourself: If you have a few years of work experience under your belt, having worked for a known company and have the benefit of graduating from a top engineering college, then go ahead and hang out your own shingle! You can either work as a contractor or become a specialist consultant; after all, the entrepreneurial spirit is always encouraged!
Hot sectors for engineering employment
Aerospace, architectural & civil engineering, mining and geology, nuclear, energy – oil & gas, electricity and the ubiquitous computer industry are among the industry sectors which have the maximum demand for engineers. Other sectors quickly gaining are environmental engineering, health & safety and chemical engineering.
As per statistics available at the bureau of Labor statistics, between 2006 and 2016, engineering employment will grow by around 11 percent per annum, with a starting compensation package of about $45,000 and going up to $120,000 and more depending upon the area of specialization and work experience. Federal government mean annual compensation was around $75,000 and went up to $110,000 in the year 2007.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational outlook, bls.gov)
There you have it… enough and more information on how to find engineering employment! Happy hunting!