How To Engineer A Great Future As An Engineer

Published December 3, 2013
Engineering Feat. Photo credit here.

Engineering Feat. Photo credit here.

With near record industry growth and a plethora of new opportunities, job prospects are looking strong for almost every specialization in the field. Engineering degree holders are significantly more like to obtain a job than those with liberal arts degrees (Press).

Despite discouraging brief trends in the 1990’s, steadily growing technical capabilities and employment have been rising across the board for Canadian companies as immigration of engineers has dropped.

Infrastructure redevelopment and technical advances have left a massive need for engineering specialists, with many estimates putting labor shortages in engineering into the thousands by 2020 (CIC News). Continued development and a shift in focus by domestic and international companies alike put pressure on the market to offer competitive pay, and this is reflected in current pay increases. The year-by-year change in average weekly pay increased 2.7% for technical fields, making expected earnings the highest out of almost any industry at $1,291 (Statistics Canada).

Overall, engineers earn 20% more than the average salary in Canada already (Salary Explorer), with expected growth of 7.6% in the next 10 years. A large concern is actually the potential impact of engineer shortages since the labor demand exceeds the replacement rate by up to 2 points (Prism Economics and Analysis).

Civil and mechanical engineers are at an advantage due to their strong mathematical and practical knowledge, making them a vital resource for large engineering firms. With the demand so high, they have great job flexibility and competitive salaries even without experience. Entry level salaries for qualified graduates are, “one of the highest in Canada, with new graduates regularly making figures in the mid $60,000 range,” (Statistics Canada). Employment jumped 25% just last year alone, and in 2013 the ‘excess supply’ of civil engineers hit 0 for the first time, meaning every possible engineer was needed and could find work if they were not already employed (CIC News).

Less common engineers, such as aerospace, biomedical, or nuclear, can expect similar job outlooks, particularly for biomedical engineers. Despite the demand for biomedical engineers at engineering-specific firms and related major corporations alike, estimates place biomedical engineers as one of the most sought after skilled worker in the next 10 years. Refocus on flight in varying forms has been a major boost to aerospace engineers, and despite negative press, nuclear engineers have maintained a steady high employment rate (Prism Economics and Analysis).

Chemical engineers are not as well off as other fields may be, but still have been the beneficiary of a major pay boost (Canada in Engineering) and rapidly falling unemployment. A rise in focus on the green industry and the shifting political focus to energy and renewable alternative is likely to majorly increase job outlooks for chemical engineers, particularly those with experience in relevant fields.

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Press, Jordan. “You’re Going to Need More than a Degree to Get A job.” Postmedia News. Financial Post, 26 June 2013. Web. 27 Nov. 2013.
Prism Economics and Analysis. “THE ENGINEERING LABOUR MARKET IN CANADA: PROJECTIONS TO 2020 .” Engineers Canada. Engineers Canada, Oct. 2012. Web.
Statistics Canada. “Payroll Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2013.” Government of Canada, n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2013.

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