Engineering Occupations


What is the importance of engineering occupations?

The share of engineers as a percentage of all occupations signifies both the current level of competitiveness in high tech industries, and is a measure of capacity for innovation.  Engineering occupations pay higher wages, and thus contribute to the overall enhancement of living standards. In the U.S., engineering is one key occupation that requires specialized education in the application of scientific knowledge to develop solutions for technical, societal, and commercial problems. Engineering occupations are an essential component of high tech industries, and an overall indicator of knowledge-based economy.

What is measured?

Engineering occupations are measured in terms of the share of all occupations.  



How competitive is Arizona?

To gauge Arizona’s relative competitiveness, the share of engineers as a percentage of all occupations is compared with other U.S. border states. Data are provided on an annual basis with indices of percentage change between observed periods.



Annual data

Annual data

The table on this page displays the number of engineers as a percentage of the total workforce for southern Border States on an annual basis. Data are updated following release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click on any title to graph that series, and export. Or, click "download" at the base of the table to download the dataset, or customize based on a specified range.



Bureau of Labor Statistics , Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. Value is measured as the number of engineers in each state's  workforce. It includes the following engineering fields: aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical and electronics, environmental, health and safety, industrial, marine and naval architecture, materials, mechanical, mining and geological, nuclear, and petroleum. Data comes from a survey of workplaces that assigns workers to a state based on where they work. 

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