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Friday, July 27, 2012

Engineering Courses Are In Demand

Engineering courses could lead to jobs in manufacturing, power and renewable energy emerging industries - DOLE

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Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday encouraged forthcoming college students, the high school seniors now, to consider taking engineering courses related to demands of emerging industries where they could land a job after graduation. 

“We urge our future workforce members to check related courses in the country’s emerging industries and acquire the skills for these industries where employment opportunities are highly expected to flourish in the next 10 years. One of these courses is engineering,” Baldoz said.

She pointed students to the rich trove of relevant labor market information (LMI) available in the DOLE’s Project Jobs Fit which details a wide range of opportunities in the country’s key employment generators (KEGs) which identify manufacturing, along with the emerging power and renewable energy as industries where industrial and electrical engineers will be in-demand up to 2020.

"The manufacturing and power and renewable energy industries are among the emerging industries which Project JobsFit has identified to generate jobs," Baldoz said, adding that job seekers with appropriate skills will readily get employed in these sectors.

Citing the Bureau of Local Employment's (BLE) Career Guides which provide basic information on the occupations identified in the Project JobsFit, Baldoz said an industrial and electrical engineer need to have a bachelor’s or graduate degree. A license from the Professional Regulation Commission is also required to practice electrical engineering.

“There are many career opportunities that await industrial engineers. They can work in in manufacturing. They can work in other fields such as aviation, transportation, communications, electric, gas and sanitary services, government, insurance, and real estate,” Baldoz said.

Electrical engineers who are specialists in designing, developing, and supervising the manufacture of electrical equipment, systems, and facilities are well sought in industries such as mining, water supply, construction, transport, storage, electricity, and gas.

Locally, an industrial engineer’s entry level salary may range from P15,000 up to P20, 000 per month. In the US, highly-trained and experienced IEs can earn an annual average salary of around US$90,080 or $6,259 per month.

The local basic salary of an engineer in specialized fields may range from P16,000 to P35,000 per month depending on the industry he is employed. A monthly income of US$4,700 to $6,700 can be earned by those who opt to work overseas.

“Once employed and trained, electrical engineers may advance to become technical specialists, team supervisors, or engineering managers, where they are responsible for larger or more significant work functions and duties,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said educating students, workers with current and relevant labor market information gives them the right signal towards careers with high employability. She stressed that deciding on a career is not a mere trial-and-error thing.

“Taking popular course nowadays has been the common path of least resistance, which leads to the perennial problem of jobs and skills mismatch,” she admonished.

The DOLE's 101 Career Guides feature in-demand jobs/careers viable in the next five to ten years. It describes the basic education requirements of a job, skills and competencies, attributes and characteristics, salary/compensation, prospect for career advancement, employment opportunities, and cost of education or training. It seeks to aid and supplement students and jobseekers alike, with current information on particular jobs to make informed decisions about their chosen careers. To know more about other upcoming in-demand jobs, visit DOLE’s 101 Career Guide at

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