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CareerCast's 10 Best Jobs in Engineering and IT

Engineering and IT careers, historically considered to be "nerdy," have become some of the nation's most in-demand professions, according to a new CareerCast report on the best jobs in engineering and IT. Offering a promising hiring outlook and lucrative salary potential, Software Engineer, Computer Systems Analyst and Biomedical Engineer rank among CareerCast's top three. Rounding out the top 10 are Computer Systems Administrator, Petroleum Engineer, Civil Engineer, Web Developer, Technical Writer, Environmental Engineer and Mechanical Engineer.

"CareerCast's best jobs in engineering and IT – two foundations of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector – are shaping the landscape of 21st century America," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast. "One of the brightest spots in the employment picture for the past few years has been the tech sector, and today's top talent have their pick of jobs with generous salaries and great benefits."

For instance, a survey by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and other engineering societies found an almost 5% jump in average salary for engineers from 2011 to 2013 during the recession. That's right in line with the national average salary of $104,270 that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects for mechanical engineers this year. Among the top-rated engineering jobs, petroleum engineers earn the highest average annual salary at $130,280.

The BLS projects six IT and engineering careers will grow by at least 20% over the next eight years. Leading the way with a 27% projected growth reate is biomedical engineer. Next is computer systems analyst, with projected hiring growth of 25% by 2022.

For job seekers looking to enter one of these careers, it takes more than learning the current landscape to flourish. Aspiring IT and engineering professionals need to be one step ahead and "adaptability" is an essential quality, which means staying ahead of new technological advancements.

Below are the best IT and engineering jobs, per their ranking in the 2014 Jobs Rated report:

1. SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Average Annual Salary: $93,350
Projected Job Growth: 22%

2. COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST
Average Annual Salary: $79,680
Projected Job Growth: 25%

3. BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER
Average Annual Salary: $86,960
Projected Job Growth: 27%

4. COMPUTER SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Average Annual Salary: $72,560
Projected Job Growth: 12%

5. PETROLEUM ENGINEER
Average Annual Salary: $130,280
Projected Job Growth: 26%

6. CIVIL ENGINEER
Average Annual Salary: $79,340
Projected Job Growth: 20%

7. WEB DEVELOPER
Average Annual Salary: $62,500
Projected Job Growth: 20%

8. TECHNICAL WRITER
Average Annual Salary: $65,500
Projected Job Growth: 15%

9. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER
Average Annual Salary: $80,890
Projected Job Growth: 15%

10. MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Average Annual Salary: $104,270
Projected Job Growth: 15%

To see the full report, go to http://it.careercast.com/article/best-it-and-engineering-jobs-2014

About CareerCast

CareerCast, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content and videos and blogs and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors. 

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