Engineering jobs leave while management jobs arrive?
Engineers remain extremely concerned about the outsourcing trend and the loss of domestic jobs to regions such as Eastern Europe and Asia. But in “Chinese companies tap U.S. firms for management training,” USA Today’s Kevin Maney describes how emerging Chinese companies are in desperate need of seasoned managers. Maney cites a report estimating that Chinese companies will be short 75,000 managers over the next 10 to 15 years. Presumably, Chinese companies will need managers with global experience to become a truly global player with their own brands known worldwide. I’d hope that Maney’s column is an indication that globalization ultimately offers as a many opportunities as it takes away.
Meanwhile the job movement scene is certainly not all positive these days. Fellow EDN blogger Brian Dipert, in “‘Making’ a disconcerting interpretation,” recently described how IBM created 14,000 jobs in India while cutting 13,000 jobs in North America and Europe.
We’ve also addressed profession issues in several other recent EDN columns. In “No shortage of ‘engineering shortage’ talk,” Executive Editor Bill Schweber argues that the presumed shortage of engineers is more rumor than fact. In “Perception problem dogs engineering,” Editor-In-Chief John Dodge discusses the low visibility of the profession and the problems associated with developing new engineers. And I recently posted “Business Week offers dire prediction for US design engineering jobs” about a fairly negative job projection.
You can also find some information on the global state of engineering in the EDN Global Report – the second of which just came out.
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