#Engineering firms and corporations have always had a need for good quality # engineers, AutoCAD Drafters, Project Managers, and other engineering professionals. With the economic downturn the last few years that demand really slowed down; until recently we have noticed in our recruiting practice that the demand has increased rather rapidly since the beginning of 2013.
WANTED analytics has #confirmed that trend in their most recent May 2014 report looking at hiring trends; it seems that Civil #Engineering is one of the most commonly search occupations and that the demand for engineering professionals is strong and growing consistently month over month. Currently there are approximately 24,000 civil engineering jobs open across the country, up from 10,000 in April 2011. That is up 100+% in the last 3 years. A significant improvement, considering the great economic downturn the industry faced the last 8 years.
The most in demand skills that employers in engineering are seeking are:
- AutoCAD Drafting (Civil 3D, Revit, Microstation)
- Structural Engineering
- Civil Design
- Quality Assurance
- Bridge Design
AutoCAD and/or Computer Aided Design skills are the most commonly required skill for Engineering Professionals, with over 10% of all positions requiring these skills to be employed.
Since there are about 260,000 or so civil engineering professionals working in the United States and about 16,000 graduating each year, the civil engineering profession is again beginning to experience the constraints of the lack of specialized, high quality engineers.
The average position we now have available in the industry has required 7 to 10+ years of specialized discipline experience and depending on the region of the country the position is in, the pool of candidates to selected from is rather slim, which is good news for the economy, but tough on engineering firms and developers looking for talented employees.
A this trend increases we do not expect it to slow down anytime soon; we see our Engineering Recruiting Practice growing monthly to meet the demands of our clients and established civil engineers once again seeking to begin advancing their careers; looking at new challenging opportunities to grow in their specialized discipline.
The engineering industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming years, as they will be one of the most sought after professionals in the construction, engineering and development industries worldwide; making them highly in demand, highly paid and definitely one of the most challenged professionals in the marketplace.