The Industrial Design Institute (IDI) says the latest numbers show that industrial design firms are hiring highly skilled workers in their fields, while the number of engineers and technologists is on the rise.IDI said that the overall number of engineering and technologist positions has increased from 14,800 in 2011 to 18,800 this year.IDIs data shows that in the industrial design field, an engineering degree has become increasingly important in order to advance careers in the field.
The study, titled “Industrial Designers, Engineers and Technologists: A National Perspective,” looked at the number and distribution of engineering, technologist and technical jobs in the United States.
In the last five years, the number has increased at a faster rate than the total number of jobs in each of the other major industries.
The growth in engineering and technical occupations is driven in part by the rapid rise of manufacturing jobs, which account for 40 percent of jobs for engineering and technology jobs in 2013, IDIs research found.
The research suggests that an engineering major is more important than a degree to progress to the next level of the industry.
The number of positions in industrial design grew from 3,500 to 4,700 in 2011, the report found.IDAs report said that in 2013 alone, 1.7 million new jobs were created in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.IDIf you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on Future, head over to our Facebook or Google+ page, or message us on Twitter.