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NEW YORK — During the last 90 days, organizations in the United States had more than 22,000 job ads available online for civil engineers, according to Wanted Analytics (www.wantedanalytics.com), a firm that provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Construction and infrastructure projects grew healthily during the past several months, the firm said, and brought an increased demand for engineering professionals, with jobs for civil engineers growing 16 percent compared with the same 90-day period in 2011, the most of any engineering occupation. Within civil engineering, some of the most commonly advertised job titles include civil engineer, structural engineer, project engineer, geotechnical engineer, and design engineer.

The most commonly required skills in civil engineering job ads include project management, Autodesk AutoCAD, construction management, oral and written communication skills, Microsoft Office, Bentley Microstation, business development, and self-motivation. In addition to traditional engineering skills, such as project and construction management, there are several growing technologies that are frequently specified in job ads for this occupation. For example, experience with computer-aided design (CAD) and specific programs, such as Autodesk AutoCAD and Bentley Microstation, more commonly appears as job requirements.

The metropolitan areas where civil engineers were most in-demand were Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington (DC), and Denver. While employers in Houston and New York placed the highest number of job ads for this talent pool during the past 90 days, one of the highest year-over-year growth areas was Denver, where year-over-year hiring demand grew more than 80 percent.

As hiring demand for civil engineers continues and the talent gap for many STEM careers, the limited talent supply of potential candidates will create challenges for employers. According to the Wanted Analytics’ Hiring Scale, recruiters across the United States spend an average of six weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for these positions. Each location will, however, experience a varying degree of difficulty when sourcing. Recruiters in Midland, Texas, and Tulsa, Okla., are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition among employers to source candidates and fill positions has emerged in these two areas. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best metropolitan areas for recruiting civil engineers are Boston and Seattle. Currently, hiring demand is lower in these areas, yet the talent supply remains larger. This means that recruiters are likely to fill jobs requiring e-commerce skills faster than average.

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.

View additional charts and detail at www.wantedanalytics.com/insight/2012/11/28/building-hiring-demand-for-civil-engineers.
 

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