Mechanical Engineers


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Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Engineering firms
  • Navigation and measuring instruments firms
  • Aerospace products and parts manufacturers
  • Federal government agencies

Outlook

Demand for this occupation will grow about as fast as average. Growth varies by industry. Mechanical engineers in the engineering services industry are expected to experience much faster than average growth as companies continue to contract work with these firms. Although employment of mechanical engineers in the manufacturing industries is declining, the need for improved machinery and machine tools will create demand. Also, emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will create new job opportunities.

Additional job opportunities will arise because a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties. Many job openings should result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.

Mechanical Engineers (CIS 100123)

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Illinois
17,523
Large
&
-0.7%
2.4%
>>>>
1,170
Few
  Champaign Area
252
Medium
&
4.4%
-0.9%
>>>>
19
High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
380
Medium
&
6.6%
1.2%
>>>>
28
Moderate
  Cook County
6,268
Large
&
-1.6%
0.6%
>>>>
411
Few
  Decatur Area
249
Medium
&
9.6%
5.5%
>>>>
20
High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
1,155
Large
&
5.5%
2.5%
>>>>
86
Moderate
  Du Page County
2,547
Large
&
5.5%
3.3%
>>>>
191
Moderate
  Edwardsville Area
253
Medium
&
2.4%
5.5%
>>>>
18
Few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
84
Small
&
1.2%
-2.1%
>>>>
6
Moderate
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
221
Medium
&
7.7%
5.8%
>>>>
17
Moderate
  Lake County
1,109
Large
&
5.6%
1.9%
>>>>
83
Moderate
  McHenry County
359
Medium
&
3.9%
2.9%
>>>>
26
Moderate
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
177
Medium
&
5.6%
1.0%
>>>>
13
Moderate
  Northwest Illinois Area
446
Medium
&
4.5%
2.6%
>>>>
32
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,264
Large
&
5.9%
-1.9%
>>>>
96
High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
236
Medium
&
4.7%
-1.1%
>>>>
17
High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
382
Large
&
8.9%
-1.8%
>>>>
30
Very High
  Rockford Area
886
Large
&
4.9%
0.9%
>>>>
65
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
76
Small
&
-5.3%
-2.3%
>>>>
5
Few
  Springfield Area
256
Medium
&
2.0%
0.0%
>>>>
18
Moderate
  St Louis-Belleville Area
297
Medium
&
7.4%
-1.7%
>>>>
23
High
  Vermilion County
65
Small
&
3.1%
-3.0%
>>>>
4
High
  Will County
631
Large
&
3.8%
4.1%
>>>>
46
Moderate
United States
299,200
Large
&
7.0%
7.7%
>>>>
20,200
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.