Monster Employer Survey Indicates Higher Demand for Engineering Jobs in 2013

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Top 10 Markets for Engineering Jobs show strongest demand in Texas and California; Industrial and Mechanical engineers most sought

MAYNARD, Mass.–Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), recently surveyed employers to gauge their recruitment plans for engineering job opportunities. The survey revealed a majority of employers (73%) are likely to hire Engineering talent over the next 60 days, driven primarily by staff increases (60%) and company expansion (54%).

“Demand for Engineers remains positive over the past year,” said Jeffrey Quinn, Vice President, Global Monster Insights. “Our recent survey reveals that there is both a need for a variety of engineers including industrial and mechanical engineers and higher activity by potential candidates. On average, Engineering jobs posted to Monster see 44% more views today than the same period a year ago.”

Top engineering job opportunities by occupation and location are (1):

Top 10 Engineering Job Opportunity Occupations:

  1. Industrial Engineers
  2. Mechanical Engineers
  3. Electrical Engineers
  4. Civil Engineers
  5. Electronics Engineers (Except Computer)
  6. Electronic Engineering Technicians
  7. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
  8. Industrial Engineering Technicians
  9. Computer Hardware Engineers
  10. Aerospace Engineers

Top 10 Engineering Job Opportunity Markets:

  1. Houston, TX
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Auburn Hills, MI
  6. New York, NY
  7. Dallas, TX
  8. Irvine, CA
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Austin, TX

Though employers are hiring for engineering roles across all regions of the U.S., according to the survey they are not confident in their ability to acquire all the talent needed.

  • Less than one-half (39%) of employers hiring engineering talent are confident they will be able to staff all their engineering job opportunities;
  • Employers report that hiring challenges include a small talent pool with a lack of qualified candidates (74%), driven by highly specialized job requirements (56%), and non-competitive salaries (44%);
  • Nearly one-half (49%) of employers do not believe there are more Engineering Professionals searching for jobs in the U.S.

“Engineering is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the US, with the demand for engineers expected to remain strong for many years to come,” said Joanie Ruge, Employment Industry Advisor to Monster and President of TACK Consulting, Inc. “One of the main factors driving engineering job opportunity is a factor of basic supply vs. demand. A large number of today’s engineers are baby boomers nearing retirement age, creating higher demand than supply. Anyone just entering college should consider a career in Engineering if they want to take advantage of where the jobs are and will be.”


Monster’s study ‘Recruiting for Engineering Talent’ surveyed 200 SMB to enterprise level employers who expect to recruit Engineering talent in the next 12 months via an online survey. The study was designed to be representative of all Monster employers who have actively used Monster products and services over the past 18 months. The Engineering-related survey, part of an ongoing series that gauges employer opinion on recruitment, ran for two weeks in the months of January and February 2013. For a copy of this report, visit the Monster Resource Center.

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1 By Volume, Monster Internal Data, Past 120 Days (Feb- April 2013).


Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Reader Interactions


  1. Sangita Singh says

    I’m surprised with the list.. no software or IT (Information technology) jobs in the top 10 list?? Is it counted in Computer Hardware Engineers jobs but I guess, it’s different with the software jobs.
    Well, I also run a HR Firm.. other help people to run this business as well. After all it’s a survey.. In my opinion software jobs will also be in top to and no doubt Industrial Engineers & Mechanical Engineers jobs will definitely top the list.

  2. George says

    Articles like this are ridiculous. Companies cannot find “qualified” talent because their definition of “qualified” implies that a candidate has the exact experience in the exact industry that the company is hiring for. What do you think it takes to pull an engineer from one company to perform the same job (ie same qualifications) at a different company? It takes money– or in the words of the survey: “non-competitive salaries.”

    Meanwhile there are plenty of engineers who do not have the exact experience that employers want who *would* consider a competitive salary for a chance to get in the door.

    Employers should just come clean and say it: They want experienced engineers who don’t require any training or break-in time, and they want inexperienced engineers younger than 30.

    The fact is that when trying to fill specialized jobs recruiters are pulling from a finite pool of resources. And while it is easy to blame recruiters, it is not hard to argue that employers’ are failing to manage skills and expectations to meet their own needs.

    Also, take a look at some of the locations, from the perspective of a mechanical engineer (which I am) with single-income household and kids:

    1) Houston, TX: Oil/gas companies looking specifically for oil/gas experience.
    2) San Jose, CA: Too expensive.
    3) Chicago, IL: Too expensive.
    4) San Diego, CA: Too expensive.
    5) Auburn Hills, MI: Automotive and defense companies looking specifically for automotive experience. Detroit stigma.
    6) New York, NY: Too expensive and congested.
    7) Dallas, TX:
    8) Irvine, CA: Too expensive.
    9) Atlanta, GA:
    10) Austin, TX:

    Austin (where I live), Dallas and Atlanta are not exactly hotbeds of mechanical engineering. Dallas has aerospace and defense companies. But they are currently firing, not hiring.


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