Most In-Demand Engineering Jobs

Although the engineering sector is not experiencing a very high job growth rate overall, there are a number of careers in this field that are discussed here that are expected to see demand that's higher than the national average.

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Career Options for the Most In-Demand Engineering Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that from 2014 to 2024 the average job growth rate for all careers will be 7%, but engineers are expected to see an average job growth rate of only 4% overall. Engineering jobs with rates higher than average are currently the most in-demand engineering jobs.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Outlook (2014-2024)*
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists $62,750 29%
Civil Engineers $83,540 8%
Biomedical Engineers $85,620 23%
Petroleum Engineers $128,230 10%
Environmental Engineers $84,890 12%
Ship Engineers $70,570 8%
Environmental Engineering Technicians $49,170 10%
Marine Engineers $93,350 (for Marine Engineers and Naval Architects) 9% (for Marine Engineers and Naval Architects)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information the Most In-Demand Engineering Jobs

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Cartographers and photogrammetrists are ultimately responsible for making maps of the earth. Their work involves collecting data about regions and then representing it in map or chart form. They must have a bachelor's degree in cartography or a similar subject, and they may be required to meet state licensing requirements. They are expected to see the highest rate of job growth in the field of engineering, with the BLS forecasting a 29% rate of increase from 2014 to 2024.

Civil Engineers

Civil engineers should see an 8% rate of job growth from 2014 to 2024, according to the BLS. Although this isn't much higher than the national average, civil engineers are one of the engineering professions experiencing the highest level of demand within the engineering field. Civil engineers must have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. They use their skills to design infrastructure and things such as airports, and then oversee their construction.

Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical engineers are responsible for designing medical equipment or other things used in the medical or biological science fields, such as computer software. They need to have a bachelor's degree in bioengineering or a comparable discipline, and with a master's degree they can explore advancement opportunities. With a 23% job growth rate anticipated for these professionals, biomedical engineers are currently enjoying one of the highest job growth rates of all engineering professions.

Petroleum Engineers

The 10% job growth rate expected for petroleum engineers through to 2024 represents a demand that's faster than the national average. Petroleum engineers are involved with determining how to acquire subterranean resources such as natural gas. They oversee the drilling process. A bachelor's degree in a related field is required to pursue this career.

Environmental Engineers

Environmental engineers need a bachelor's degree in their field. They develop strategies to address environmental concerns. This can involve determining the best way to identify polluted areas or how to effectively remove pollutants from an area. With the BLS forecasting a job growth rate of 12% from 2014 to 2024, there is a high level of demand currently for environmental engineers.

Ship Engineers

Ship engineers are predicted to see an 8% job growth rate through to 2024, which is slightly faster than average. Ship engineers operate engines and propulsion systems in ships. It's possible to become a ship engineer with a high school diploma or certificate. Mechanical skills are an asset, since ship engineers may inspect and repair engines or other mechanical equipment.

Environmental Engineering Technicians

Environmental engineering technicians work under the supervision of environmental engineers to implement strategies to identify environmental damage or clean polluted areas. Their work involves collecting and testing samples and operating equipment that can do things like eliminate toxins. The 10% job growth rate projected from 2014 to 2024 for environmental engineering technicians makes this an engineering profession currently enjoying a high growth rate. Environmental engineering technicians are required to have an associate's degree.

Marine Engineers

A bachelor's degree and license are required to become a marine engineer. Marine engineers develop technical drawings of the systems in ships, and they also oversee the maintenance of those systems. Some marine engineers work on ships while they're at sea, and actively monitor the ship's systems to ensure they operate properly. They are expected to see a job growth rate of 9% through to 2024, which is higher than average.

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