10 Fastest Growing Engineer Jobs in the USA (Until 2028)
Engineers apply theoretical knowledge of math and the physical sciences to create practical solutions for everyday problems. For example, they can plan roads and bridges, create new technology, design aircraft, or develop more efficient methods for extracting oil.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor data released in 2020, the total number of engineers in the USA will increase by 85,000 to from 1.78 million to 1.86 million from 2018 to 2028. This represents a change of 4.8%. The growth rate for all jobs will be 5.2% for the same period, which is an increase of 8.4 million jobs from 161.03 million to 169.43 million,
The following list shows the top 10 engineering disciplines that will add the most jobs, arranged in descending order. The figure in parentheses after the job title is the projected number of new jobs. Employment figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
1. Industrial Engineers (23,800)
Industrial engineers develop systems to make industrial processes more efficient and profitable. These include management control systems, distribution services and job evaluation programs. Health and safety engineers ensure the safety of workers and machinery by developing injury prevention procedures and loss prevention controls.
- They will gain 23,800 new jobs for an increase from 284,600 to 308,400 or 8.3%.
- Transportation equipment manufacturing will add the most jobs at 7,900 or 15.3%.
- Engineering services will increase by 4,600 jobs or 33.4 percent.
2. Civil Engineers (20,500)
Civil engineers plan and oversee the development of infrastructure projects such as airports, freeways, bridges, sewer systems, government centers and dams.
- They will receive 20,500 jobs, for an increase of 6.3% from 326,800 to 347,300.
- Engineering services will deliver most of the opportunities with about 10,800 positions, an increase of 6.7%.
- Nonresidential building construction will offer 2,300 new jobs for an increase of 12.4%.
3. Mechanical Engineers (12,800)
Mechanical engineers design mechanical devices such as car engines, power plants, machine tools and ventilation equipment.
- Jobs will grow by 12,800, or from 312,900 to 325,700, which is an increase of 4.1%.
- Engineering services will provide about 3,600 new jobs for an increase of 6.7%,
- This is followed by motor vehicle parts manufacturing with 3,000 jobs or 24.5%.
4. Electrical Engineers (9,200)
Electrical engineers develop electrical equipment such as power systems, aircraft control systems and building wiring. This category does not include computer hardware engineers.
- They will grow from 191,900 to 201,100, which is equal to 9,200 new positions or 4.8%.
- Engineering services bring 6,500 jobs or 17.4%.
- Computer systems design and related services are next with 1,800 jobs or 24.3%.
5. Computer Hardware Engineers (4,000)
Computer hardware engineers research and develop the physical components of computer systems including circuit boards, computer chips, keyboards and controllers.
- They will add 4,000 jobs to grow by 6.1% from 64,400 to 68,400.
- Computer systems design and related services will grow by 4,000 jobs or 24.3%.
- Next is research and development in the physical, engineering, and life science with increases of 400 jobs or 6.4%.
6. Environmental Engineers (2,900)
Environmental engineers use chemistry and biology to manage environmental issues such as water and air pollution, land resources, recycling, public health and sustainability.
- Positions will grow from 55,400 to 58,300, an increase of 2,900 or 5.1%.
- Management, scientific and technical consulting services will see an increase of 1,800 jobs or 15.4%.
- This is followed by local government, excluding hospitals and education, with 300 jobs or 5.6%.
7. Chemical Engineers (2,100)
Chemical engineers rely on the scientific principles in chemistry, physics, math, and biology to work with the chemicals in fuel, food, drugs, and other products.
- The profession will grow by 2,100 jobs or 6.3% from 33,900 to 36,000.
- Chemical manufacturing will have the most job increases at 800 or 8.2 percent.
- Engineering services will add 500 jobs or 17.4 percent.
8. Health and Safety Engineers (1,400)
Petroleum engineers create systems and equipment for extracting oil and gas from under the earth. They also develop methods for increasing recovery and reducing the costs of production. This category does not include mining safety and engineers and inspectors.
- Their positions will increase by 5.1% or 5,100 jobs, which is from 27,000 to 28,400.
- Non-residential building construction will provide the greatest increase at 200 jobs or 12.4%.
- Engineering services come next with 200 jobs or 6.7%.
9. Aerospace Engineers (1,100)
Aerospace engineers design vehicles and devices that travel through air and space such as airplanes, helicopters, rockets and missiles.
- Jobs will grow by 1,100 or 1.1% from 67,200 to 68,300.
- Engineering services will add 700 jobs, which represents 6.7%.
- Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences will grow by 400 or 6.4%.
10. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (1,000)
Marine engineers and naval architects design, construct, and maintain naval vessels that range from submarines to passenger ferries. Marine engineers also plan and build internal ship systems such as population, steering, refrigeration, and electrical. Naval architects take care of the overall ship design, such as the structure, form, and hull.
- Jobs will increase by 1,000 or 1 percent from 11,700 to 12,700.
- Engineering services will show increases of 500 jobs or 17.4%.
- Other professional, scientific, and technical services will increase by 300 jobs or 29.7 percent.
What type of engineer are you? (Revised with more choices.)
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Questions & Answers
Can one enroll in undergraduate engineering if one has finished a bachelor's degree in another field?
Yes, as long as you meet the prerequisites for the engineering course of study.
Which engineering field will have maximum growth in 2024?
In terms of percentage, biomedical engineering will increase by nearly 25 percent from 2014 to 2024 but that only amounts to 5,100 positions. In absolute numbers, civil engineering will add 23,600 jobs during the same period but this only represents an increase of 8.4 percent.Helpful 6
What is the job growth for automotive engineers?
The Dako Group sees job growth for automotive engineers growing at 5 percent until 2022, which is lower than average.Helpful 4
What is the job growth of petroleum engineers?
The projected growth from 2018 to 2028 is three percent.Helpful 3
What is the job growth for computer science engineering?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for computer science engineers from 2016 to 2026 is predicted to be five percent or an additional 4,000 jobs.Helpful 1
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