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Job prospects for all engineers (Post Here!)

KamelAkbarKamelAkbar Registered User Posts: 500 Member
edited October 2011 in Engineering Majors
I notice a lot of people (myself included) are making threads about job prospects for various majors, concentrations, GPAs, levels of experience, regions, school prestige, etc. I thought I'd make a thread that can be a resource for everyone hopefully without unnecessary broad generalizations and exaggerated pessimism/optimism. I am asking for your responses about whichever specialty you have experience with/knowledge of and to include detailed information when posting. I want to mention that the BLS OOH is quite outdated (data taken from before the recession was evident), and really should be taken with a grain of saltanyway. I think the most valuable information is from people in the field, job hunters, and employers.

Please try to keep your posts constructive and based on experience. Anecdotes are only useful if you include context (who got/couldn't get what job, what their GPA/experience was, etc). We all know engineering jobs are being outsourced. That information is not new nor is it helpful. Neither are broad claims like "nobody can get jobs in Civil Engineering."

There are job openings in every field, the variation is in who they're hiring, how high their requirements are, and where they're hiring.

Which fields are vulnerable to our wars winding down?
Who is most affected by government spending cuts?
How is R&D investment in your field?
Did employment/salary projections create a surge of students in some majors?
For which majors may undergrad not be enough?
Which have more competition with H-1Bs?
Which are most impacted by lack of investment in construction?
Which fields are/aren't particularly affected by the recession?
Which are/aren't especially vulnerable to outsourcing?
Which fields just lack industrial application?
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Replies to: Job prospects for all engineers (Post Here!)

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,863 Senior Member
    KamelAkbar wrote:
    Did employment/salary projections create a surge of students in some majors?

    It did the reverse in computer science, which became a significantly less popular major after the tech bubble crash in the early 2000s.

    The tech bubble crash also coincided with offshore outsourcing becoming a huge business fad. While offshore outsourcing is here to stay, back then, companies were rushing offshore often for the wrong reasons (and when they went for the cheapest subcontractor because cheapest price was the only criterion used to decide, they often got less than what they paid for).
    KamelAkbar wrote:
    Which are most impacted by lack of investment in construction?

    Civil engineering, of course.
    KamelAkbar wrote:
    Which fields are/aren't particularly affected by the recession?

    Computer science has not been affected as badly by this recession (but was the worst affected in the tech bubble crash).
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