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Job Outlook for Engineers

The job outlook for engineers continues to show a high demand for talent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a large need for engineers and computer-related employees over the next 10 years due to job growth and replacement of those leaving the workforce. To meet this demand for new engineers, computer/information scientists, and engineering technologists, it is necessary for our nation to promote these professions among underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

Occupation 2020 2030 Estimate Job Openings due to Growth, 2020-2030 % Growth 2020 Median Annual Wage
Computer programmers 185,700 167,300 -18,300 -9.9% $89,190
Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers 1,847,900 2,257,400 409,500 22.2% $110,140
Computer and information research scientists 33,000 40,200 7,200 21.9% $126,830
Aerospace engineers 61,400 66,500 5,100 8.3% $118,610
Agricultural engineers 1,500 1,500 100 4.5% $84,410
Bioengineers and biomedical engineers 19,300 20,500 1,100 5.9% $92,620
Chemical engineers 26,300 28,700 2,400 9.3% $108,540
Civil engineers 309,800 335,100 25,300 8.2% $88,570
Computer hardware engineers 66,200 67,300 1,000 1.5% $119,560
Electrical engineers 188,000 200,700 12,700 6.8% $100,830
Electronics engineers, except computer 125,200 132,900 7,700 6.2% $107,540
Environmental engineers 52,300 54,300 1,900 3.7% $92,120
Health and safety engineers 24,100 25,600 1,500 6.1% $94,240
Industrial engineers 292,000 332,000 40,000 13.7% $88,950
Marine engineers and naval architects 9,800 10,200 400 3.9% $95,440
Materials engineers 25,100 27,200 2,100 8.4% $95,640
Mechanical engineers 299,200 320.100 20,900 7.0% $90,160
Mining and geological engineers 6,300 6,600 200 3.9% $93,800
Nuclear engineers 17,200 15,800 -1,500 -8.4% $116,140
Petroleum engineers 28,500 30,700 2,200 7.6% $137,330
Engineers, all other 167,100 171,600 4,400 2.7% $103,380
Aerospace engineering and operations technologists and technicians 11,900 12,900 1,100 8.9% $68,570
Civil engineering technologists and technicians 68,800 70,000 1,200 1.8% $54,080
Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians 117,000 118,900 1,900 1.6% $67,550
Electro-mechanical and mechanatronics technologists and technicians 13,400 13,100 -200 -1.7% $59,800
Environmental engineering technologists and technicians 17,300 18,600 1,300 7.8% $51,630
Industrial engineering technologists and technicians 64,100 66,900 2,800 4.4% $57,320
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 40,400 42,700 2,300 5.7% $58,230

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections, 2020-2030