Employment Outlook for Embedded Systems
Tips for Finding that Perfect Position

RightHand has been working in the Embedded Systems market for 14 years. We are continually on the lookout for talented engineers. We've noticed that the market is getting more competitive for the employers — more companies are running ads and fewer people are applying for the jobs. Just a few years ago, there were many recently laid off programmers, but that is simply not the case anymore.

If you are an employer, this means that you may need to partner with a company to outsource some of your work load.

If you are a worker, the good news is that highly skilled software engineers are in demand and will continue to remain in demand for many years.

Just last year, CNN/Money reported that computer degrees were losing their appeal, citing that engineering programs had dropped four years in a row - while the tech industry continued to grow. At the March 2006 TI Developer Conference, educators quoted a 23% decline in engineering enrollment.

Robert Mitchell wrote in the March 20th publication of ComputerWorld, "Industry and the media have been complicit in propagating the myth that IT is a dead end. A generation has been dissuaded from pursuing what is in reality a very promising career choice. The threat of offshoring is overstated. Cultural, proximity and time-zone limitations do matter because they can affect customer service, customer trust and customer loyalty."

Discovering the Perfect Job Match

Even with the demand for talented embedded engineers, hiring managers still demand quality people. The first criterion the hiring manager is going to look at is always technical skills - the resume being the first step to get a foot in the door.

But while a degree and solid job experience gives a candidate creditability, it doesn't necessarily make for a successful team member. Hiring managers are looking for a good fit for their team: skills and personality. With each team member being unique, hiring managers know a team will do a good job if they like what they are doing and with whom they are working.

Both hiring managers and job seekers should look beyond being the perfect match and see how relevant skills can be applied to situations. Skills that include strict standards and process, low-level hardware interactions and precise timing requirements can be applied across multiple industries. If a candidate has been working on automotive control systems, a hiring manager will recognize how those same skills can make a successful embedded engineer for medical devices.

The need for highly skilled engineers remains in demand, so job seekers and hiring managers need to keep a constant eye out for that perfect match!