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What LinkedIn’s 25 Most Popular Jobs of 2018 Mean for Engineering

  • by: Conor McKeon
  • On: 12, Dec 2018
3 min read

LinkedIn has reported a large increase in applications to the technology sector this year, largely due to the increasing popularity of data-driven analysis, communications and the need for in-house programmers.

Technology is only going to become more important for business. Recruiting and retaining the best engineers will make the difference between success and failure – but there’s a lot of competition. Here are the most-applied for engineering jobs of 2018.

The Most Applied-For Jobs in Engineering:

1. Data Scientist

Data Scientists work with and analyse data, which is one of the most important assets of any business. Used to detect trends, determine the best course of action and to provide a better service, data is only as good as those who work with it. A Data Scientist leverages existing data and incoming data to gain a deeper understanding of what’s going on and how things might work differently.

This engineering job utilises many different skills: programming languages, statistical analysis, an understanding of data infrastructure and strong communication to help others understand what you’ve learned.

Data Science can deliver a wide range of desirable outcomes, including prediction, classification, pattern and anomaly detection, ranking of information, segmentation, optimisation and forecasts. Data Science is rightfully at the forefront of growing businesses, and any vacancies are sure to be applied for in high numbers.

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2. Java Developer

A Java Developer works with code to build new software or websites. As Java is one of the major code languages in use today, Java Developer jobs are increasingly essential to businesses.

Used in everything from videogames to business programmes, Java is a versatile language and useful for a wide variety of applications. Java Developers will often collaborate with Web Designers and Software Engineers to develop, test and implement new code.

There are around 9 million Java developers and they can earn anywhere between £30,000 to £60,000, earning potentially more in London.

3. Junior/Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer

A Mechanical Design Engineer designs machines and mechanical systems. There are nearly 200,000 Mechanical Design Engineers in the UK, but demand is steadily increasing as more projects are undertaken.

Mechanical Design Engineers create solutions to problems: designing machines and mechanical systems or adapting existing ones to work better. Their day-to-day responsibilities can include: undertaking research, measuring the performance of various systems, improving and optimising those systems and analysing data to figure out where to go next.

Mechanical Design Engineer jobs involve creating the original concept for a design and working on every stage through to the actual manufacture of the finished product. Synthesis of design and function is of key importance for these Engineers, making something that fulfils a purpose in an elegant way.

The average pay for a Mechanical Design Engineer is £29,000 but can rise as high as £55,000.

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4. Astronaut Readiness Project Manager

This Engineering Job was one of the most exciting and strange jobs on LinkedIn’s list: a high-level job for Virgin Galactic who are planning to take tourists into space.

But what does an Astronaut Readiness Project Manager do?

They would be responsible for managing the team of Astronauts piloting people up into space. This job is more involved with HR than Engineering, but revolves around one of the most exciting Engineering projects in human history. The human element in any project is always the part most likely to go wrong, so an effective Astronaut Readiness Project Manager is vital for the success of Virgin’s space tourism.

What you can learn from these vacancies is that there are always exciting opportunities to apply for, and that there are thousands of other people applying for them as well. Using a recruitment company can help you stand out from the crowd and get the Engineering job you’re looking for.

Read more about The Best Industries For Engineering Careers, or learn How Recruitment Companies Can Help You Get Contract Work.

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