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Hottest area for Electrical Engineers is solid-state circuit designers, reported as $115,000 even surpassed managers' salaries. Engineers who work in industrial application and systems and control had the lowest wages but these wages were well above national norms. Salaries are highest by far in San Francisco, Followed by Boston, Baltimore, San Diego. Salaries are high in Chicago and Raleigh Durham region, Portland (Oregon), Dallas, Los Angles, Phoenix (Arizona). Hot careers for Electrical engineers are DSP, C/C++, ASIC design, Analog design, Systems integration, Opto/Optoelectronic, Wireless design, Deep sub micron integrated circuit.
Mechanical Engineers develop power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. They also design tools needed by other engineers for their work. Computers assist mechanical engineers by accurately and efficiently performing computations and by aiding the design process by permitting the modeling and simulation of new designs. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) are used for design data processing and for developing alternative designs.
Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, or production methods. They often use Computer-aided Design (CAD) Tools, robotics, and lasers and advanced electronic optics . Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, provided almost 15 percent of Aerospace engineers jobs. Average Entry level jobs for MS candidates is about 60K and for PhD. it is 65K
With the downturn in the jobs market, a lot of the leading-edge and mission-critical projects have been put on hold. So in terms of recruitment there has been a massive shift from J2EE or Java, C++ projects, or at least projects that require those technologies to more database export oriented projects. There is increased demand for project manager work and people with SAP and Oracle skills. Mainframe skills are no longer as much in demand, notably: AS400, RPG, Cobol, Cics. A lot of new projects with strong server side such as Java, J2B, EJB, plus languages like C# and C++ is always going to be around. Most CS jobs are in California (Core Software companies) and NY (Financial firms), Texas region.
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Salary Report (avg. salary in USA)
Aeronautical Engineer 57k
Biomedical Engineer 55k
Chemical Engineer 66k
Computer Programmer 61k
Electrical Engineer 60k
Industrial Engineer 59k
Mechanical Engineer 58k
Civil Engineer 52k
In 2008, engineers (USA) held about 1.6 million jobs. Following is the distribution of employment by engineering specialty:
|Electronics engineers, except computer
|Computer hardware engineers
|Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors
|Marine engineers and naval architects
|Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers
|Engineers, all other