All industries evolve over time. Service demands change and new trends emerge as older ones lose momentum. When looking to enter a new field, it is vital that an applicant looks into current industry trends – this can help narrow their search or offer them insight into current high earning positions. But, without the help of specialists such as BMR Solutions, it can be challenging for applicants to detect industry changes and seize the opportunity to join growing sectors.

In this blog, we outline some of the fastest growing engineering industries in 2022, and highlight some key job opportunities for engineers in 2023.

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What are the Fastest Growing Engineering Industries in 2022?

Industrial Engineering

The work of an industrial engineer generally surrounds the design and operation of industrial processes. Responsibilities include coordinating workers, materials, machines, and energy to facilitate the provision of a product or service.

Industrial engineering is a fast-growing subfield within the engineering space. Despite setbacks experienced in 2020 with late project starts, the sector’s rebound is on track! The demand for industrial engineers can be attributed to a variety of factors, industry trends, a need for research into new approaches, even an aging workforce. Within the engineering space as a whole, significant percentages of working engineers are moving towards retirement – resulting in a high demand for industrial engineers from other age groups in coming years.

Civil Engineering

 The civil engineering field is responsible for the design, operation, supervision and maintenance of construction projects and systems. Civil engineers may also be responsible for researching ongoing projects and operations in order to present their findings to the public. These presentations may focus on areas of interest such as environmental impact statements and bid proposals.

After industrial engineering, civil engineering is another rapidly growing sub-field, with recruitment forecasts for 2023 marking a substantial increase in demand for workers. Since a selection of civil engineering projects found themselves the recipient of government backing in 2017, the civil engineering space has continued to experience growth and attract new graduates, cohorts of which are set to graduate and enter roles in 2022 and 2023. Due to the rise of students studying engineering at university, there is predictability in the annual availability of graduate roles, with this being certain to continue into 2023.

Mechanical Engineering

Another sub-field experiencing continued growth is mechanical engineering. With projects spanning a range of industries and contexts, the demand for mechanical engineers is high. With projected employment set to grow steadily into 2030, interest in mechanical engineering on behalf of prospective engineers remains high. The accessibility of mechanical engineering roles is also facilitated by its prominence throughout a range of UK regions, including the south west.

While the specifics of mechanical engineering roles vary, they are largely united by responsibilities such as designing, building and testing mechanical designs.

Aerospace Engineering

Another area experiencing substantial growth is aerospace engineering. Aerospace Engineers design aircraft, spacecraft and other devices such as missiles and satellites, and are also required to develop prototypes to test the functionality of a device. Roles in aerospace engineering typically vary between two engineering sub-categories, astronautical and aeronautical. Roles falling across these two categories include structural design engineer, guidance specialist, and navigation specialist.

Due to external pressures, the aerospace engineering sector is experiencing a time of notable change. With greater demand for aircraft with reduced noise pollution and improved fuel efficiency, there is an increasing need for skilled staff to conduct research into new innovations. This has a knock-on effect on the number of vacancies available to engineers looking to break into this sub-field.

Engineering Roles Available in 2023

Across the industries discussed, a variety of roles are beginning to emerge for 2023. Candidates are blessed with an abundance of growth across so any sectors, and job opportunities are wide ranging for both experienced and graduate candidates. In addition to the industries discussed, there is also substantial growth occurring within the software engineering space as businesses continue to rely on new technologies and online workspaces.

Common Engineering Jobs in 2023

  • Industrial Maintenance Engineer
  • Industrial Field Service Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • IT Support Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Quality Engineer – Aerospace
  • Mechanical Aerospace Design Engineer

To keep up to date with the latest job opportunities, applicants may wish to enlist the help of industry experts BMR Solutions as a source of regularly updated information and job openings.

More from BMR Solutions

If you’re on the lookout for your next engineering role, the team of industry experts at BMR Solutions are on hand to advise you. We are recruitment specialists working in the South West, helping talented candidates find the right role for them. With a host of valuable connections and local links, we have our finger on the pulse of a host of engineering industries, offering our clients access to up to date information about the industries gaining traction.

To speak to a member of our team about how we can help you with your next career move, contact us today. If you’d prefer not to call, submit your CV online and our team of recruiters will get to work finding opportunities for you. In addition, you can also sign up for job alerts, so you never miss out on great opportunities.