The Toughest Engineering Jobs to Fill in 2016

Recruiters are struggling to find candidates for these in-demand positions

8 January 2016

This year, hiring managers are going to have to look far and wide to find the right candidates to fill open positions in several engineering sectors, according to a report issued by job site CareerCast. One of the main reasons is because many of the responsibilities required for these jobs will change by the time employees are even hired.

With needs rapidly shifting to meet unforeseen demands, some recruiters aren’t even sure what they should be looking for in potential hires. According to an article from the Society for Human Resource Management, one way to help solve this problem is to use predictive analytics to determine what the engineering field will need in the future. Another is to hire workers who can grow with the position through on-the-job training as opposed to recruiting those with the specific skills required today.

Read on to find out which jobs are going to be the most difficult to fill this year. (If any of these might be a match for you, start submitting your résumé today.)

DATA SCIENTIST

The report estimates some 6,000 companies are seeking to hire about 4.4 million IT professionals who have data analytics skills this year. Not only are there plenty of opportunities, but they also pay well. The U.S. national average base salary for data scientists in 2016 is US $118,000.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Qualified electrical engineers are in high demand in certain U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, and San Diego. So if you’re willing to move out of New York City or Los Angeles, where there is no shortage of electrical engineers, then you should have your pick of jobs.

INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST

Cloud-based technology is the main driver behind the need for more people to enter the information security field. A report from Microsoft on the impact of cloud technology on IT organizations states that North American companies need to employ at least 2.7 million people with cloud-computing skills who also understand information security. According to the CareerCast report, labor analysts say the current supply isn’t meeting the demand.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

There will be three positions available for every student graduating from a computer science program in 2016, according to The Conference Board, an independent business membership and research association, in New York City. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 222,600 software engineering jobs will need to be filled by 2022, opening the door to those who might want to switch their careers. Many software engineers can earn a six-figure salary starting out.  

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