Whether or not the oil and gas market is up or down, engineers always have a place in the industry.
According to Forbes.com, the U.S. has approximately 1.6 million engineering jobs that pay $42 per hour in median wages. Civil engineers account for the most jobs of any engineering field and are followed closely by mechanical engineers and industrial engineers. In addition to these specific engineers, electrical and electronics engineers make up two-thirds of the American engineering workforce.
From 2010-2014, job growth has been recorded in double digits for positions in industries in petroleum, biomedical, industrial and mining/geological engineers. Mechanical engineers are also the upswing, with 21,500 new jobs since 2010. Engineering jobs as a whole have grown 7 percent.
Keith Wolf, managing director at Murray Resources, said his company has seen hiring for a wide variety of positions including mechanical engineers, field service technicians, designers, project engineers, reliability engineers, electrical engineers, and technical sales engineers. Jobseekers with strong technical skills combined with sales aptitude are in particularly high demand at this time, Wolf said.
“Most of our roles are direct hire, though we do see contract opportunities in more of a project-based situation. However, what we are seeing on the direct-hire side is that the hiring process is taking longer than it does in a hotter market,” he said.