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 Post subject: Bad year for MEs and CompEs
PostPosted: Tue 12-29-2009 1:15PM 
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5. Computer software engineers
Computer software engineers continued to be impacted by the offshoring of programming jobs.

The profession saw a 10 percent decline in jobs to 970,000 by the third quarter of this year, down from more than 1 million positions in 2008.

But on the horizon, demand from businesses and government agencies to have the newest technology is expected to drive growth in both computer and mathematical occupations.

The BLS expects the sector to add 785,700 new jobs through 2018, growing twice as fast as the average for all professions. “It is anticipated that computer specialists will account for the vast majority of this growth, increasing by 762,700 jobs,” the agency reports. 


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6. Mechanical engineers
Jobs in the mechanical engineering profession plummeted by nearly 18 percent in the first nine months of this year to 247,000 jobs, compared to a little over 300,000 in the previous year.

Beyond.com, a career-networking site, reported a 73 percent decline in mechanical, civil and process engineering job postings this year.

“Certain industries, such as automobile and travel, took a significant hit over the last year, directly impacting the stability of many engineering jobs,” said Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com.

For the long haul, jobs for mechanical engineers will see an uptick in the years ahead, with 6 percent growth expected through 2018, according to the BLS.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad year for MEs and CompEs
PostPosted: Sat 01-02-2010 4:26PM 
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I know they called them "Engineers," but when you're talking about programming and software, the first thing that comes to my mind is a CompSci - not a CompE.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad year for MEs and CompEs
PostPosted: Sat 01-02-2010 5:59PM 
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yeah, I guess i'm giving those comp scis too much credit.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad year for MEs and CompEs
PostPosted: Sat 01-02-2010 6:17PM 
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Well it kinda brings up one of the main deciding factors on why I went CompE & CompSci (currently double major, but with plans to drop the Sci if/when I discover how much longer I'll be stuck in Rolla just to complete it) rather than just CompSci.

Sure, I enjoy programming in various languages, but they can hire codemonkeys in India for $2/hr it seems. I'm doing a co-op right now in the CompE field, and I still do plenty of programming... but I also deal with the hardware side of it too.


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