2010 Engineering Graduates Have Sunny Outlook for Upcoming Job Market

By IGI Global on Sep 14, 2010
In a time when job security means more than ever, engineering graduates can breathe a bit easier, according to Monster Worldwide, Inc. Although engineering firms nationwide saw lay-offs become more prevalent in 2009, 2010 looks to be more promising for engineering careers. Particular fields within the engineering discipline seem to have already begun the upswing of hiring. Karen Panetta, chair for the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee and associate professor of engineering at Tufts University noticed the trend in certain areas already.

"We've recently seen a 180-degree turnaround," she said. Areas like defense and homeland security are still growing and are in need of more engineers than before. What about the other areas? Panetta believes a strong engineering education will prepare recent grads for what they face. "Employers are looking for bachelor's engineering students with well-rounded experience, including fields like biology and psychology," she said. Aerospace and civil engineering, as well as nanotechnology applications are other areas where engineering students-turning-job seekers may want to focus.

"Employers are looking for bachelor's engineering students with well-rounded experience, including fields like biology and psychology."

- Karen Panetta, IEEE Chair for Women in Engineering Committee

"Nanotech opportunities for engineers are going to be quite vast," said Dean Hart, vice president of NanoInk, a nanomanufacturing technology company. IGI Global continues to be on the forefront of engineering science research, and sees the need for innovative engineering education supplements (,engineering_outlook2010-12010.article). Observing the growth in these important engineering fields, IGI Global offers new and exciting titles covering nanotechnology, homeland security, aerospace engineering and much more.

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Theoretical and Technological Advancements in Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation: Interdisciplinary Gains edited by Bruce MacLennan (University of Tennessee - Knoxville, USA) compiles research in areas where nanoscience and computer science meet. This book explores current and future trends that discus areas such as, cellular nanocomputers, DNA self-assembly, and the architectural design of a "nano-brain." The authors of each chapter have provided in-depth insight into the current state of research in nanotechnology and molecular computation as well as identified successful approaches, tools and methodologies in their research (more information coming soon).
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