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The future of engineering: These are the fastest growing jobs



As technologies and industries change, engineers must adapt to keep up with the latest demands. Fortunately these changes often open up new opportunities for those with experience in the right fields. By looking ahead to what the global trends are likely to be in the next few years, you can ensure you’re in the optimal position to take advantage of the changing landscape.

These are the engineering jobs that are likely to grow the fastest in the next few years, and the average salary that you can expect to earn in each one.

Job growth for civil engineers will be 10.6% by 2026

Civil Engineers

The changing environmental policies of governments throughout the world means that the demand for renewable energy is expected to continue increasing strongly. This growth will naturally require the construction of new infrastructure for wind, solar, biomass and tidal power, creating more jobs for civil engineers. 

Required tasks in this field include carrying out feasibility studies and cost estimates; checking site and ground conditions for the installation of renewable technologies; carrying out site inspections and energy surveys; and combining renewable energy production with existing power systems.

By 2026, civil engineers working for renewable energy companies can expect to see a job growth of 10.6%, with an average US salary of $86,640.

Job growth for environmental scientists will be 11.1% by 2026 according to Business Insider

Environmental scientists and specialists

Monitoring the changes in the environment, developing more efficient green fuel sources, researching ways to reduce pollutants and other damaging environmental factors. All of these require specialist, dedicated environmental scientists, and the demand in this area is only going to grow. Environmental protection looks at both the effect of various factors on the planet and on public health.

By 2026, environmental scientists and specialists can expect to see a job growth of 11.1%, with an average US salary of $71,130.

Job growth for construction managers will be 11.1% by 2026

Construction managers

Like civil engineers, construction managers can expect to benefit from an increase in demand for new global infrastructure for renewable power sources. In addition, a growing population and rapid urbanisation of economically challenged countries will continue to require the development of new construction projects.

Construction projects over the next few years are likely to demand a greater range of specialist skills for the implementation of new technologies such as 3D printing, modular building and green construction methods.

By 2026, construction managers can expect to see a job growth of 11.1%, with an average US salary of $93,370.

Job growth for systems software developers will be 11.1% by 2026

Systems software developers

The increase of digitalisation across every industry along with the ever-growing dependence on new technologies around the world means that demand for systems software developers isn’t going to decrease any time soon.

Researching, designing, developing and testing operating systems-level software will continue to dominate this industry, with an expected increase in the need for developing network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific and general computing applications.

By 2026, systems software developers can expect to see a job growth of 11.1%, with an average US salary of $110,000.

Job growth for training and development specialists will be 11.5% by 2026

Training and development specialists

New technologies are only as good as the people that use them. From systems training to industry-wide policies on improving energy efficiency, health and safety, environmental effects and social diversity - effective training and development specialists who can both design and conduct classes and training programmes are increasingly vital for businesses.

By 2026, training and development specialists can expect to see a job growth of 11.5%, with an average US salary of $60,870.

By 2026 there will be a 12.3% job growth for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Another benefit of an increase in construction projects and new energy infrastructure means that more jobs are being created for operating engineers.

From motor graders to bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors or front-end loaders, every project requires experienced workers. And, once again, new technologies and digitalisation meant that a wider range of skillsets is required for operating engineers.

By 2026, operating engineers and construction equipment operators can expect to see a job growth of 12.3%, with an average US salary of $47,810.

By 2026 there will be a job growth of 12.9% for environmental engineering technicians

Environmental engineering technicians

A greater focus on the effects of engineering projects on the environment requires specialist engineering skillsets. Modifying, testing and operating equipment and devices used in the prevention, control and remediation of environmental problems are all tasks that require the direction of experienced specialists.

With more focus being put on environmental effects throughout every industry, by 2026, environmental engineering technicians can expect to see a job growth of 12.9%, with an average US salary of $50,560.

By 2026 the job growth of Geoscientists will be 14%


Geoscience is an increasingly vital role in the Oil & Gas, Mining & Resources, and Renewables industries. Geoscientists are involved in the discovery and development of commercially viable and exploitable reserves of natural resources, including oil, gas, minerals and water.

With the Oil & Gas industry increasingly exploring unconventional sources, from shale gas to ultra-deepwater fields - geoscience is a more complex and essential role.

By 2026, geoscientists can expect to see a job growth of 14%, with an average US salary of $91,130.

By 2026 there will be a job growth of 23.4% for service unit operators

Service Unit Operators

Essential for the operation of Oil & Gas or Mining projects, service unit operators are responsible for managing the equipment that optimises oil flow from producing wells, or removing stuck pipe, casing, tools or other obstructions from drilling wells.

Essential at every site, a service unit operator’s job can be varied across every project, but is always essential for ensuring equipment is working efficiently and being used properly.

By 2026, service unit operators can expect to see a job growth of 23.4%, with an average US salary of $47,860.

By 2026 there will be a job growth of 96.3% for wind turbine service technicians

Wind-turbine service technicians

Wind farms are one of the most effective and therefore increasingly used forms of renewable energy. But the massive turbines require regular maintenance across their lifespan.

Tasks include inspecting, diagnosing, adjusting or repairing wind turbines. And with more and more being installed in increasingly large onshore and offshore wind farms around the world, turbine service technicians will become more in demand.

By 2026, wind-turbine service technicians can expect to see a job growth of 96.3%, with an average US salary of $54,370.

By 2026 there will be a job growth of 104.9% for Solar Photovoltaic installers

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Another effective and well-established form of renewable energy generation is solar photovoltaic panels. From massive solar farms that cover acres of desert land, to panels on the rooftops of homes and businesses, photovoltaic systems are nearly ubiquitous across the globe.

The assembly and installation of photovoltaic systems in compliance with site assessment and schematics is therefore a growing and lucrative industry.

By 2026, solar photovoltaic installers can expect a job growth of a massive 104.9%, with an average US salary of $42,680.

There are new opportunities becoming available for engineers with experience in the right industries. Where will you fit in?

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