The Civil Engineers Association of America released the second annual Job Seeker Report on Monday, and the report is a big win for job seekers.
In 2016, only 16 percent of the U.S. population was employed in civil engineering, down from 32 percent in 2015.
In addition, the number of civil engineers has grown from 6,800 in 2020 to 11,600 in 2021.
Overall, the workforce is expanding by an average of 4 percent annually.
But it’s not all good news for employers.
For the first time, only 12 percent of civil engineering job applicants are qualified, and only 9 percent of candidates are offered jobs in civil engineers, according to the report.
Overall in 2021, there were 563,500 civil engineering positions available in the U, a number that’s up from 461,700 jobs in 2021 and 636,400 in 2020.
But the biggest problem employers face is the shortage of qualified applicants.
Only 19 percent of applicants for civil engineering jobs are qualified.
The report noted that the current unemployment rate of 5.9 percent is lower than that in 2000, and there’s also a “growing backlog” of applicants.
That’s a problem for employers because they’re paying workers more for less work.
The federal government has funded a program to help companies hire workers, but the numbers have yet to be fully implemented.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number and wages of civil engineer jobs will grow by 4.7 percent annually between 2019 and 2021, while the unemployment rate will increase by 1.6 percent.
For more information on hiring and training, check out this report from the Civil Engineers.
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