As the auto industry rebounds in the U.S. it is creating a strong demand for engineers. In fact, one recruiter said the auto industry is seeking more than a thousand engineers.
The demand is so great, applicants often have multiple job offers and not just for jobs in the auto industry.
“The demand is as strong as I have ever seen it,” said Andrew Watt, CEO of the recruiting firm iTalent. “There is a huge shortage and anyone you can find with auto engineer experience of any kind will get an interview and probably get a job right now.” (Read More: Payrolls Rose only 96,000 in August, Rate Hits 8.1% .)
Who’s hiring right now:
• Toyota is in the midst of hiring 150 engineers and researchers to work at the company’s new technical center outside Detroit.
• Ford is looking for an undisclosed number of engineers as it ramps up development of next-generation vehicles.
• Nissan is seeking 50-60 engineers for its auto tech center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The average starting salary for engineering jobs with automakers is between $60,000 and $120,000 and typically come with a signing bonus of $5,000-$8,000. (Read More: America's Highest Paying Jobs .)
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