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
14,473
Very large
&
5.5%
5.8%
>>>>
1,001
High
  Champaign Area
190
Large
&
11.6%
7.0%
>>>>
14
High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
300
Large
&
9.0%
5.0%
>>>>
22
High
  Cook County
5,275
Large
&
6.6%
5.6%
>>>>
373
High
  Decatur Area
157
Large
&
14.6%
7.0%
>>>>
12
High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
916
Very large
&
11.7%
9.7%
>>>>
71
High
  Du Page County
2,139
Very large
&
2.1%
5.4%
>>>>
138
High
  Edwardsville Area
205
Large
&
-0.5%
5.1%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
64
Large
&
15.6%
7.0%
>>>>
5
Moderate
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
153
Large
&
11.1%
5.2%
>>>>
12
High
  Lake County
850
Large
&
9.6%
8.6%
>>>>
63
High
  McHenry County
276
Large
&
7.6%
6.8%
>>>>
20
High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
138
Large
&
11.6%
6.8%
>>>>
11
High
  Northwest Illinois Area
349
Very large
&
7.2%
3.6%
>>>>
24
High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,236
Very large
&
6.4%
7.3%
>>>>
87
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
188
Large
&
9.0%
4.3%
>>>>
14
High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
299
Very large
&
12.7%
5.7%
>>>>
23
High
  Rockford Area
738
Very large
&
10.6%
7.6%
>>>>
56
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
66
Large
&
6.1%
2.4%
>>>>
4
Moderate
  Springfield Area
192
Large
&
8.3%
4.7%
>>>>
14
Moderate
  St Louis-Belleville Area
249
Large
&
8.4%
6.4%
>>>>
18
High
  Vermilion County
62
Large
&
12.9%
4.9%
>>>>
5
Moderate
  Will County
479
Large
&
12.1%
9.1%
>>>>
37
High
United States
316,300
Large
&
3.9%
3.7%
>>>>
19,200
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.