As technology evolves, engineers will be in greater demand than ever, enjoying one of the lowest unemployment rates of any sector. But not all engineering roles are created equal. These five specific types of engineering jobs will be most in demand in the near future.
1. Software engineering jobs
The rise of mobile computing and cloud technology, accelerated by the shift to virtual working during COVID-19, is driving more and more brands to go digital and develop their own software systems and apps. The software industry is rapidly evolving and looks set to produce highly lucrative and exciting opportunities for engineers with skills in mobile technology and cyber-security.
2. Aerospace engineering jobs
While aerospace has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, it’s expected to take off again in a big way. Global demand for new passenger and freighter planes is expected to top 39,000 over the next two decades. What’s more, the aerospace industry is going through a rapid transformation, with huge demand for new green technologies to help cut carbon emissions. Inventive graduates with strong problem-solving skills and knowledge of aerospace systems should find a growing supply of well-paid jobs in this field.
3. Environmental engineering jobs
The climate crisis and other environmental pressures will drive a growing demand for engineers with expertise in the natural sciences to create new solutions to critical issues including green energy, water and air pollution, waste management and recycling. The median salary for these professionals is high, and the potential for career growth is impressive. But the greatest benefit of working in this sector is the opportunity to help save the world. Environmental engineers work with the most cutting-edge technologies to support the future of humanity and life on earth.
4. Civil engineering jobs
The global population is growing, and with it the need for infrastructure. Vital new projects in civil engineering will include the construction and maintenance of new roads and railways like Britain’s HS2 project, water supply management and waste filtration, and new residential developments in growing cities. Unlike some other sectors of engineering, civil engineering is recession-proof; while the construction of new infrastructure might slow down in a recession, civil engineers will still have plenty of work repairing existing infrastructure..
5. Biomedical engineering jobs
The population of the world is not only growing – it’s also growing older. Biomedical engineers will help our elders enjoy healthier lives with innovative medical applications of the latest technologies, such as micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and 3D printing. This is a field that’s set to see a dramatic rise in demand for skilled engineers to create, implement and maintain the next generation of medical technology.