Ever wondered which engineering or tech jobs are in-demand this year? Thanks to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and US News, we have an idea of the hottest gigs emerging in 2018.
Last year, we laid out the 10 most in-demand jobs and skills in engineering in 2017. With 2017’s four percent employment increase in the semiconductor field, we head into 2018 with a projected growth of seven percent overall employment increase. According to the BLS, employment is projected to increase by 11.5 million over the 2016 to 2026 decade.
Keeping up with our latest research and findings, we gathered information from reports and handbooks to give you an idea of the best in-demand engineering & tech jobs. To determine this list, experts selected jobs with the largest projected numbers of openings from 2016 to 2026 as determined by the BLS. High median salary, low employment rates, significant growth scores, and higher job prospects ratings are also considered.
The final quarter of 2017 left us with record-breaking performance across the industry. Awestruck by exceptional results in the semiconductor industry, many awaited the promise of steady growth in 2018.
As the new year rolls out, the sequel is just as remarkable. Surging growth continues with the advent of breakthrough technologies and commitment to innovation. With chief leaders and major tech players in the mix, we expect to see an involved approach to nurture the U.S. as a power player in the chipmaking industry. While some semiconductor leaders question means of sustainable growth, 2018 rockets ahead with continued growth and innovation.
Read on to explore the latest semiconductor news and technology trends in the first quarter of 2018.
On March 8th, communities worldwide will celebrate International Women’s Day. Every year, the day of recognition celebrates the extraordinary achievements of women and brings organizations together to continue the movement for change and empowerment. The theme of 2018 is #PressForProgress, a call to advocacy, activism, and support for gender parity.
Throughout history, women have been making their mark in STEM-related fields. Iconic female pioneers such as Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Grace Hopper, and Mae C. Jemison paved paths for future female scientists and changed the world in the name of science. Fast forward to the 21st century: even more girls and women are breaking the ceiling in the fields of math and science, and we can support their crusade for equal and diverse representation.
Today, emerging technologies join us at our hips. We walk around with the latest smartphone in our pockets, connected to smart homes and smart vehicles, with access to the cloud everywhere we go. As chip innovation grows, the scope of its technological counterpart affects our jobs. Take a look around, and you’ll see these changes all around you: self-driving trucks, workflow engines, and self-service kiosks.
With the onslaught of new technology, many worry about the threat of a jobless future. But that’s not the whole picture. Automation helps us accomplish specific tasks; complementing our workload and freeing our time to focus on other projects. It provides a stepping stone to even greater advancements.
And it doesn’t stop there. Technology and automation don’t just advance our work—they change the way we work.
For the major players in the semiconductor industry, everyday is a race—a battle of the chips .
Last month, Samsung became the world’s largest chipmaker in revenue. Before, Intel held that prestige for several decades. As AI, deep learning, and machine learning take the world by storm, chipmakers capitalize on future technology. Last year, Nvidia reported an 82% increase in shares when they repurposed their chips from gaming rigs to machine learning. As a result, their capabilities in the AI space and innovative technology cultivated their title as the “smartest company in the world” by MIT. Amid the crowd, Intel invested $15 billion in MobileEye, which produces technology for self-driving cars. AMD released a new line of processor chips that delivers greater performance on cloud and machine intelligence workloads.
There’s a misconception about the underlying reason behind the lack of representation of women and minorities in STEM-related jobs: women and minorities are not choosing to pursue degrees in these fields and therefore not available for hire. It’s easier for recruiters or hiring managers to shrug off the importance of bringing in diverse candidates when they can blame the universities and the lack of graduates coming down the pipeline. But this way of thinking contributes to passive bias and lack of action to find more diverse candidates for STEM positions.
It’s been 50 years since Intel’s co-founder Gordon Moore gave us his prediction that would become a rule for chipmakers: the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. In recent years, Moore’s Law seemed to be shaking hands with the Grim Reaper in the world of semiconductors. Many questioned what would happen to the industry when Moore’s Law reached its end.
Yet, not only has the industry been able to sustain through the final years of the law, but also flourish seeing record setting growth for the global market. So what can we expect from the semiconductor industry in 2018? Let’s weigh in on what experts are saying about the semiconductor industry this year.
While it’s hard to believe 2017 is already coming to an end, the year has not been short on buzz and activity in the semiconductor industry. Each year, we develop our Semiconductor blog to cover the latest semiconductor news and technology trends, and keep you apprised of what’s going on in the world of semiconductor and engineering talent. We want this blog to be a place full of educational resources to keep your engineering team running strong and prepared for wherever the industry is headed. Take a look back on our most popular content from 2017, and be sure you never miss an update from the Semiconductor blog.
After posting the highest-ever quarterly sales in Q3 2017, the global semiconductor industry boasted another $37.1 billion in worldwide sales in October to kick off Q4 2017. October 2017 saw a 21.9 percent increase from the previous year and a 3.2 percent increase from September 2017. That means Q4 2017 began with the highest-ever monthly sales total for the industry. With these record-breaking figures, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) president and CEO John Neuffer believes the global market is “poised to reach its highest-ever annual revenue in 2017.”
As we near the end of the year and the final quarter of 2017, let’s take a look at the industry’s latest news. Read on for the latest on growth, research and development, and other important updates that will finish out one of the biggest years for the industry.