USA Engineering Jobs

Posted on July 24, 2006  Comments (12)

Jobs Update: The Death of U.S. Engineering by Paul Craig Roberts

The alleged “shortage” of U.S. engineering graduates is inconsistent with reports from Duke University that 30 percent to 40 percent of students in its master’s of engineering management program accept jobs outside the profession. About one-third of engineering graduates from MIT go into careers outside their field. Job outsourcing and work visas for foreign engineers are reducing career opportunities for American engineering graduates and, also, reducing salary scales.

The number of students that go into other fields does raise questions. However, I do not think the data provides answers on its own. Given that engineering majors are the highest paid graduates it is not a case that the students options are poor. It could well be that the engineering students are very capable in many ways and find jobs that are not focused on engineering (say management, finance or …).

Engineering curriculums are demanding. The rewards for the effort are being squeezed out by jobs offshoring and work visas. If the current policy continues of substituting foreign engineers for American engineers, the profession will die in the United States.

Once again the whole area of engineering jobs and the future is complex. But once again I disagree with the thinking presented here. The competition from abroad will increase greatly going forward. That is because every country that is focused on competing with the most successful economies is focused on improving their engineering capabilities. They all want the high paying and economically valuable jobs.

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12 Responses to “USA Engineering Jobs”

  1. e3 Information Overload E-Resources for Engineering Education
    August 6th, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    Too Many Engineering Graduates in the U.S.?…

    I can say as a engineering librarian that originally received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering the Curious Cat might be right on target. I was told over and over again by engineering faculty members that engineering graduates probably have the most options that any other graduate, because of the variety of skills learned.

  2. SomeBSEE
    September 24th, 2006 @ 1:55 am

    Engineering is dead in the United States. It has been since just about when I graduated in 2002.

    I have found four years of seeking work to be a thoroughly thankless and demeaning experience.

    I never ever expect my training to mean anything in America’s future marketplace.

  3. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Science and Engineering Degrees - Career Success
    October 9th, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    another example (granted just an anecdote) illustrating that science and engineering degrees can pave the way to career success (also see: Top degree for S&P 500 CEOs? Engineering)…

  4. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Engineering Outsourcing Effects
    November 9th, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

    A Business Week article discusses two Duke studies of Engineering jobs in the USA and world: Outsourcing: Job Killer or Innovation Boost?…

  5. tom
    June 29th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    I lost all my text when I forgot to answer the challenge! Oh well, American engineers are screwed, better off getting an MBA with a minor in Binge drinking and lewd conduct, then you can be the boss of all those geeks who spent there 20’s studying instead of having fun. I wish I had never decided to become an engineer(it’s in my blood I guess 5th generation engineer on moms side 3rd gen on dads) I’m now sitting in my home which is for sale as I have been replaced with a H1B at my former place of work. This is the third time I have been “outsourced” and I’m now leaving the field. I could have dropped out of high school never gone to college and made more money delivering pizza then I ever will doing engineering in the mid-west. If your making a living in America as an engineer you are very very lucky.

  6. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » S&P 500 CEOs - Again Engineering Graduates Lead
    February 23rd, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

    CEOs: Engineering 23%; Economics 13%; Business Administration 12%; Liberal Arts 8%…

  7. Janni
    March 15th, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    Although there are already many electrical engineers around the world, there are a variety of electrical engineering jobs that are open and need to be filled. Becoming an electrical engineer takes a great deal of education, dedication, and hard work. So there are not enough electrical engineers to fill all the electrical engineering jobs that are available.

  8. SomeBSEE
    June 9th, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    I still wish that I did not study Electrical Engineering.

    I earned my BSEE in 2002, and discovered that it is totally useless for finding jobs in the United States.

    Mostly, since then, I have been unemployed and I cannot afford anything.

    Aspiring American college students should read about the “Emperor with no Clothes” before making up their minds about post-secondary education.

  9. Janni
    December 12th, 2008 @ 2:44 am

    Every Engineering job needs its own specific experience. Once you try to get these EE jobs you
    will realize how few jobs are really available for a typical engineer. Just because your a EE graduate
    does not mean your qualified for most EE jobs. It gets very specific when they weed out canidates. One
    thing for certain is all the engineers I have known wind up unemployed, sometimes for very long periods
    of time.

  10. habib
    February 19th, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    One thing is very encouraging for those who want to start a career in electrical engnieering or have already completed their degree that with the present energy crises in the developed and developing courntries where economy is progressing, jobs and career opportnities are increasing fast.

  11. George Ramsey
    March 5th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    The employment situation in engineering is bleak. I was an engineering grad student in a well known university. The department lacked employment for most of it’s grad students and was training them to be auto mechanics while holding
    a degree in an electrical engineering discipline. Many university departments
    only advertise their percentage of successes. The rest are pushed to the side.
    Finding real engineering work is extremely difficult. Tens of thousand of engineers out of work in Detroit, Ohio, California and Washington. Auto industry, aerospace industry and silicon valley. If you are taking up a career
    with substantial time investment do your homework. Do not take the word of a college or university. Or you will come out a grad without a job and a large tuition loan. The destiny of millions of US students.

  12. SomeBSEE
    December 12th, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    After all these years since I first posted in this thread, I find my electrical engineering degree still on the short list of things I wish I never did.

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