8 of the Most In-Demand Engineering Jobs for 2019

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When deciding on a career path it is very difficult to know whether or not that industry will continue growing, become over saturated or even become completely redundant. It is clear that the trend is towards information technology and automation and this is set to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Traditional fields such as civil and petroleum engineering are still high in demand, but the fastest growing fields are those in the IT sphere. This article aims to list some of the engineering jobs that are most in-demand and show the greatest salary potential for 2019 and beyond.

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1. Data Science & Machine Learning

Software engineering has seen continuous growth over the past few years and there are no signs of it stopping. Data science is a branch of software engineering that involves creating meaningful information based on large amounts of data. These large datasets are known as big data and can come from a variety of sources such as e-commerce, medical or financial sectors. This field uses both statistics and software engineering to gather, analyse and present the gathered data in such a way as to allow the end user to optimise their specific services. A simple example of this is using the data of which products sell best during a specific time of year to create targeted marketing campaigns. Machine learning is a subset of data science that is used to make predictions of what might happen in the future based on data of what happened in the past. Machine learning algorithms will make predictions, test whether these predictions were accurate, and then optimise the algorithm to improve the accuracy of the prediction going forward. The more varied the volume of data available the better the predictions. A bachelor’s degree is not always necessary to begin a career in data science as there are various short courses that cover the required topics. However, it is important to note that a strong background in both mathematics and coding is necessary.

Average Starting Salary: $89 000
Average Mid-Level Salary: $107 000
Average Late Career Salary: $120 000

2. Automation & Robotics Engineer

Robotic systems are already good at performing menial repetitive tasks that don’t require the dexterity and attention to detail provided by a human worker. However, with constant advances in computing, energy storage and materials, robots are beginning to move from single arm welding and assembly robots to complex humanoid robots. A striking example of this are the Boston Dynamics robots. A robotics engineer is involved in every aspect of the design, development, testing and implementation of robotic systems. Robotics engineers are typically either mechanical, electronics or mechatronic engineers. With the relentless march towards automation, the only jobs safe from automation are those within automation.

Average Starting Salary: $77 000
Average Mid-Level Salary: $92 000
Average Late Career Salary: $99 000

3. Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers typically work on drilling methods, design of drilling equipment and implementing & monitoring the drilling plan for the extraction of crude oil. Petroleum engineering has been in demand for the past few years and is set to continue growing in demand over the coming decade. Despite the push for electrical vehicles and clean energy, oil is still highly in demand as it is used in many different industries. Many petroleum engineers are expected to retire in the coming years, creating more demand than supply, thus it is a perfect time to get into the field.

Average Starting Salary: $97 000
Average Mid-Level Salary: $120 000
Average Late Career Salary: $140 000

4. Civil Engineering

Civil engineering was a highly in-demand job in 2018 and that trend will continue into 2019. Civil engineers build the infrastructure on which the world runs. As such, civil engineering is likely to be in demand for the foreseeable future. There are various branches of civil engineering which make it difficult to saturate the market and therefore a great field to be in. The main Civil engineering fields include; structural engineering, environmental engineering, road/highway engineering and transportation engineering.

Average Starting Salary: $59 000
Average Mid-Level Salary: $72 000
Average Late Career Salary: $96 000

5. Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is another one of the traditional engineering fields that shows continued demand. Electrical engineering is a very broad field which includes; power engineering, instrumentation engineering and electronic engineering to name a few. The broad range of possible career paths within electrical engineering means that there will always be demand.

Average Starting Salary: $67 000
Average Mid-Level Salary: $82 000
Average Late Career Salary: $96 000

6. Alternative Energy Engineer

Due to the increased pressure being placed on the planet due to climate change there has been an international push towards clean & renewable energy. For example, the demand for solar energy technology has increased dramatically resulting in ever decreasing panel cost. This is creating a feedback loop that is further pushing up demand. There can be no doubt that alternative clean energy is the future. Despite coal fired power stations still making up the majority of global energy production, its growth has stagnated while alternative energy has grown. An energy engineer needs to start off with at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. Thereafter a masters in energy engineering for the specific desired field can further improve job prospects.

Average Starting Salary: $65 000
Average Mid-Level Salary: $82 000
Average Late Career Salary: $91 000

7. Mining Engineer

Mining is the start of any products’ lifecycle as this is the stage where the raw materials for everything that is manufactured get extracted from the ground. A mining engineer typically designs both open pit and underground mines and supervises the excavation and construction of these. They also design methods for processing and transporting the mined materials to various processing plants. While the consumption trend for iron is set to begin falling in the next few decades, demand for lithium, copper, nickel and various other metals required in electronics and batteries is set to continue growing.

Average Starting Salary:             $68 000
Average Mid-Level Salary:          $89 000
Average Late Career Salary:      $109 000

8. Project Engineer

A project engineer is a critical field that is a necessity in every branch of engineering. Project engineering is not typically something that is explicitly studied because any engineering degree can land you a project engineering post. Thereafter, further study in project management is usually recommended to improve overall efficiency. A project engineer manages projects that are technical in nature that may include the design, procurement, manufacture and delivery of small simple components to complex chemical treatment plants.  The role is multidisciplinary in nature that requires a fundamental technical understanding of every facet of the project.

Average Starting Salary:             $71 000
Average Mid-Level Salary:          $89 000
Average Late Career Salary:      $100 000

In Conclusion

The list of jobs mentioned in this article is by no means exhaustive but provides a good cross-section of the current job market. It is clear that jobs like data science and automation are the most in demand and offer higher than average starting and mid-level salaries. While traditional engineering fields still offer high salaries, it can be difficult to initially break into the industry as there tends to be an oversupply of entry-level engineers, however, after you specialise it becomes easier.

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