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Employment: Engineering Technicians




Engineering technicians held 478,000 jobs in 2002. 204,000 of these were electrical and electronics engineering technicians, as indicated by the following tabulation.

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 204,000
Civil engineering technicians 92,000
Industrial engineering technicians 62,000
Mechanical engineering technicians 55,000
Electro-mechanical technicians 31,000
Environmental engineering technicians 19,000
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 15,000

About 39 percent of all engineering technicians worked in manufacturing, mainly in the computer and electronic equipment, transportation equipment, and machinery manufacturing industries. Another 20 percent worked in professional, scientific, and technical service industries, mostly in engineering or business services companies that do engineering work on contract for government, manufacturing firms, or other organizations.

In 2002, the Federal Government employed 11,000 engineering technicians. State governments employed 34,000, and local governments employed 24,000.