Engineers apply physical science and the theoretical math knowledge to establish practical solutions to our daily problems. They are responsible for new technology, aircraft design, bridge and road design, just to mention but a few.
Below is a list of the top 10 fastest growing engineering jobs in U.S.A. by 2020. The figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.
#1 Civil Engineers
Civil engineers plan and preside over the establishment of infrastructures projects like freeways, sewer systems, dams, airports and government centers.
Job opportunities for civil engineers are projected to rise by 19.4% an increase of 51,100 from 262,800 to 313,900. Engineering, architectural and related services are expected to offer the most opportunities contributing up to 34.2% of the total number of jobs for civil engineers.
#2 Mechanical Engineers
These professionals fabricate mechanical equipment such as power plants, car engines, ventilation equipment and machine tools.
Job openings for mechanical engineers are estimated to increase by 21,300, an increase of 8.8%. Architectural and related services will contribute 34.6% of the total jobs while research and development will contribute 20.2% of the total number of jobs for mechanical engineers.
#3 Electronics and Electrical Engineers
Electrical engineers design electrical equipment such as aircraft control systems and power systems. Electronics engineers administer electronic equipment such as TV sets, communication systems and media players.
Jobs for these professionals will increase by 17,600, an increase of 6%. Computer systems design and associated services will contribute 43.1% of the total number of jobs in this specialty.
#4 Health and Safety/Industrial Engineers
These engineers are responsible for making industrial procedures more lucrative and efficient. They ensure the safety of the machinery and workers by preventing injury.
Jobs for these professionals are estimated to increase by 16,200, an increase of 7.1%. Scientific, management and technical consulting services will contribute 64.9% of the total jobs in this trade.
#5 Environmental Engineers
These professionals use biology and chemistry to tackle environmental issues such as land resources, air and water pollution and public health.
Job opportunities for these engineers will rise by 51,400, an increase of 11.3%. Technical, management and scientific consulting services will contribute 5,800 jobs to the total number of jobs for environmental engineers.
#6 Biomedical Engineers
These engineers design medical products such as pharmaceuticals, artificial organs, implants and diagnostic instruments.
Job openings for these professionals will increase by 9,700, a growth of 61.7%. Research and development in engineering, life and physical sciences will contribute 68.8% jobs while medical supplies and equipment manufacturing will contribute 51.2% of the total number of jobs for these professionals.
#7 Computer Hardware Engineers
These professionals research, design and manufacture the physical apparatuses of computer systems such as computer chips, controllers, keyboards and circuit boards.
Jobs in this trade will increase by 76,300, a rise of 9% with computer systems design contributing about 57.4% of the total number of jobs.
#8 Petroleum Engineers
These engineers design equipment and systems used for extracting gas and oil from under the earth. They also develop ways to minimize production costs.
Their jobs will increase by 35,300, a rise of 17 percent with oil and gas extraction jobs contributing 25.6% of the total number of jobs.
#9 Aerospace Engineers
Aerospace engineers develop equipment that travels through space and air including rockets, missiles, helicopters and airplanes.
Their jobs will increase by 4,000, a rise of 4.9% with engineering and related services contributing about 33.4% of the total number of jobs.
#10 Nuclear Engineers
These professionals use nuclear science principles to control nuclear energy and materials.
Their jobs will increase by 2,000, a growth of 10.2% with technical, management and scientific consulting services contributing about 81.9% of the total number of jobs.