Mechanical Engineers Job Outlook [Mechanical engineering]

Mechanical Engineers Job Outlook

What Is the Job Outlook for a Mechanical Engineer in the Next 20 Years?

The demand for new and renewable energy is one reason for the growing opportunities for mechanical engineers.The demand for new and renewable energy is one reason for the growing opportunities for mechanical engineers.

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Mechanical engineers apply their knowledge of physics to design, construct and monitor mechanical systems. The field of engineering is expansive, covering a variety of sub-disciplines and commanding the direction of many innovative and exciting technologies. Despite their position at the forefront of new and ground-breaking science, mechanical engineers have been around for centuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineers can expect slow job growth overall until 2020. However, because the field includes several burgeoning areas of mechanical science, job-specific growth over the next 20 years may differ from the BLS prediction.

Biomechanics

Some mechanical engineers work in the field of biomechanics, which uses mechanical principles to better understand living organisms. Individuals interested in examining the movement of athletes work in a similar field called sports biomechanics, which uses computer-assisted simulations to study sports-related physics, like golf swings or hitting a baseball. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts explosive growth of 60 percent in the next few years as the elderly population increases and the need to observe how the body functions in advanced age becomes more vital.

Nanotechnology

By manipulating atomic particles, nanotechnology experts have the potential to create new machines based on current mechanics principles. The implications of this field have touched everything from making pants and bowling balls more durable to improving gas mileage in automobiles. Despite the seemingly unlimited potential of these technologies, government intervention is being demanded to look into the possible damages caused by nanotech. In a 2012 study, BCC Research, a market research firm, discussed how the hype of new technologies might be the reason behind the backlash. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is somewhat optimistic about job growth in this area. It credits the innovation for creating more opportunities for mechanical engineers in the future job market.



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