Are Engineering Services Jobs Falling Off Track?

During 2012, hiring in the engineering services industry was growing strongly. However, we've noticed that overall demand for engineers has been declining since then. Last week, we reported that job ads for Electrical Engineers declined slightly in February. Since engineering jobs are one of the STEM fields and often considered hard-to-fill, we looked at recent trends in the engineering services industry. During February 2013, there were approximately 49,000 job ads posted online in the engineering services industry. This is an 11% year-over-year decline when compared to February 2012.

Hiring Demand in the Engineering Services Industry

Hiring Demand in the Engineering Services Industry
Source: WANTED Analytics

Not surprisingly, engineering occupations are most commonly advertised in the engineering services industry. Despite having more than 18,000 jobs available during February, demand for engineers in this industry declined 4% from last February. In addition to engineers, many IT occupations are highly demanded in this industry as well.

The most commonly advertised job titles include:

  1. Electrical Engineer
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. Mechanical Engineer
  4. Project Manager
  5. Software Engineer
  6. Civil Engineer
  7. Systems Engineer
  8. Project Engineer
  9. Program Manager
  10. Systems Administrator
The metro areas with the most demand in the US during February were Washington (DC), Houston, New York, Baltimore, and Detroit. From the last time we covered hiring in the engineering services industry, Los Angeles and San Francisco have dropped from this top 5 list and were replaced by Baltimore and Detroit. While the most jobs were seen in Washington, DC last month, the largest year-over-year growth was seen in the Baltimore metro area. There were 28% more jobs in February 2013 in Baltimore than were available online in February 2012. Of these 5 cities with the most demand, employers in Detroit are likely to find engineering services jobs the hardest-to-recruit. Our Hiring Scale shows that, while demand has grown, the local talent pool has not expanded at the same rate. Here, jobs in the engineering services industry score a 66 (out of 99, which marks the hardest-to-fill situation.) The national average for this industry is a 49.

Hiring Scale for the Engineering Services Industry in Detroit, MI

Hiring Scale for the Engineering Services Industry in Detroit, MI
Source: WANTED Analytics

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