Reports on the Nation's Best Jobs In Engineering & Information Technology

Jun 14, 2012, 10:00 ET from

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Engineering, computer science and many other traditionally "nerdy" careers have become some of the nation's coolest professions, according to a new report on the best jobs in engineering and information technology.

Engineers and other technical professionals weren't always seen as having the nation's top jobs. Many other professions have claimed that distinction over the past few decades, including investment bankers, airline pilots and surgeons. But technical pros can now claim that distinction.

"Software engineers are the rock stars of today's working world, and even computer systems analysts and web developers can share in that recognition, since the demand for IT pros is so deep," says Tony Lee, publisher of

Software Engineers have the nation's overall best job, according to the Jobs Rated report. Their pay is great, hiring demand for their skills is through the roof, and working conditions have never been better. Petroleum engineering is another field with tremendous career opportunities, as the world's energy needs and new oil and gas exploration require the skill set that only an engineer can deliver. And that demand spans the globe, from central Pennsylvania to Saudi Arabia to Malaysia.

"The same is true in many technical fields, such as computer science," says Lee. "Corporate recruiters are scouring the nation's universities in search of smart engineering and IT students, and they simply can't find enough to fulfill their hiring needs."

"The problem is that we are not producing enough computer science graduates to meet the growing global demand," says Michael Buryk, Business Development Manager, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE).  "Even electrical engineers, especially those who work as power engineers, are in short supply, especially given the growth in the fields of alternative energy and Smart Grid."'s Top 12 Best Jobs of 2012 in engineering and information technology: 

Best Jobs

 Average Salary

1    Software Engineer


2    Computer Systems Analyst


3    Web Developer


4    Petroleum Engineer


5    Civil Engineer


6    Computer Programmer


7    Technical Writer 


8    Nuclear Engineer  


9    Aerospace Engineer 


10  Mechanical Engineer 


11  Electrical Engineer     


12  Industrial Designer      


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