As STEM careers continue to be difficult-to-fill, we reviewed hiring demand for the most commonly advertised engineering job title, Mechanical Engineers, and the best cities to recruit this talent. Over the last 90 days, more than 42,000 job ads appeared online for Mechanical Engineers, representing a 5% year-over-year decline. Despite this decrease, overall hiring demand in 2012 was 3% higher than in 2011. Engineering services posted the most ads, representing 9% of demand, followed research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences.
Hiring Demand for Mechanical Engineers – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Nationwide, recruiting conditions for Mechanical Engineers are likely to be moderately difficult, scoring a 65 on our Hiring Scale (99 denotes hardest-to-fill). Las Vegas presents the best hiring conditions, scoring a 5. Below are other cities that are likely to see less difficulty, all of which scored 7 or lower on our Hiring Scale.
- Boise City-Nampa, ID – 5
- Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL – 5
- Columbus, IN – 6
- Lynchburg, VA – 7
- Lafayette, IN – 7
Hiring Scale Heat Map for Mechanical Engineers
Adversely, Detroit, MI presents the most difficult recruiting conditions, scoring a 93. Detroit's current talent demand exceeds what the local, qualified candidate pool can support.
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