Want a Job? Become an Engineer: Demand up 12% Again

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Engineers see 12% growth in hiring demand during September 2012, with more than 184,000 job postings available online, according to WANTED Analytics™.

In September 2012, more than 184,000 jobs were advertised online for engineering professionals in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Although seasonal trends may be starting to affect hiring demand, employers are still likely to recruit engineers as one of the most in-demand STEM fields. In September, the volume of available listings was up 12% compared to September 2011 and 27% versus the same time period in 2010. The most in-demand engineering job titles in the US are Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Engineer, and Project Engineer.

As engineering processes and techniques evolve, the skills that are required of potential candidates change, as well. In addition to traditional engineering skills and certifications, such as quality assurance and Six Sigma, there are several growing technologies that are frequently specified in job ads for this occupation. Computer-aided design (CAD) experience is a more common job requirement, with programs like Autodesk AutoCAD and SolidWorks CAD appearing as some of the most in-demand skills for Engineers. The number of job ads that look for candidates with CAD knowledge or experience is up 14% compared to September 2011.

Demand for Engineers is spread across the United States, with the highest volume of listings during September seen in Houston, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and Chicago. The Houston metro area not only had the highest number of advertised job openings, but also had the greatest year-over-year growth of these five cities, up 34% from September 2011.

As employers increase hiring demand for Engineers, they are likely to experience more competition and an increased difficulty to fill. According to the Hiring Scale™, employers across the United States spend an average of 6.5 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for engineering positions. However, each location and region of the US will experience a varying degree of difficulty and time-to-hire. Companies in Athens, Georgia and Jefferson City, Missouri are currently experiencing more challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition has emerged, as hiring in these areas is growing more quickly than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in this area remain online for an average of 9 weeks.

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations that are likely to find these jobs less difficult to fill are Binghamton, New York and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Larger talent supply compared to the hiring demand by employers in these metro areas means that open engineering jobs are likely to be filled easier and faster. The average duration of a job ad in these locations is 5.5 weeks.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

To see additional charts and detail, please visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com/insight.

The Hiring Scale is available at http://www.hiringscale.com.

About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 700 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com.

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.

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