Engineering Workers: Upbeat About Jobs and the Economy

  • jobs & the economy
  • February 11, 2014
  • Job Search
  • Economy
  • Employee Confidence

The Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers, continued to rise in the third quarter of 2013, reaching a high of 64.0, according to a survey among 114 engineering employees conducted online by Harris Interactive. The figure was the highest of all industries examined by Randstad, including finance and accounting, IT, healthcare, office and administrative and manufacturing. Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees during the government shutdown.

Engineers Are In Demand And Confident 

“Given the current demand for talent and the skills shortage facing the engineering sector, it is no surprise that engineering professionals are feeling confident and secure with their jobs,” said Richard Zambacca, President of Randstad Engineering. ”We continue to see demand for specialized talent like quality engineers, controls engineers and process/manufacturing engineers, and we expect these areas to drive the most job growth in 2014. For engineering workers looking to advance or break into new fields, applicants should get as many industry certifications on their resumes to distinguish it from others.

Talent Gap Emerging As Baby Boomers Retire 

“Demand for engineering professionals is projected to significantly increase over the next decade, and because of this, the need for more women to enter the field is growing,” Zambacca continued. “Impending baby boomer retirements could mean the loss of nearly half of all scientists and engineers, making this gap in talent even more urgent. Today, according a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 13 percent of engineers are women.”