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Ways to Manage Increased Hiring Demand for Industrial Engineers

Wanted Analytics (01/10/12) Lombardi, Abby

With hiring demand for engineers expected to remain strong in 2012, recruiters in that field will face challenges in dealing with a limited talent supply, especially for the most demanded engineering job—industrial engineers. In December, more than 12,900 job ads were posted for industrial engineers by 3,800 companies. Many companies are recruiting for hundreds of openings and recruiters are likely to compete heavily to attract enough talent to fill all their open positions.

In order to source enough candidates and fill open industrial engineer positions, hiring managers and recruiters may want to discuss hiring from areas with more favorable recruiting conditions. Locations currently experiencing the easiest conditions for sourcing industrial engineers include Palm Bay, FL; Houma, LA; Binghamton, NY; Anderson, SC; and Lakeland, FL. If relocating talent is not an option for an organization, recruiters and hiring managers should look at other skills that may be easily translated to the job opening. For example, mechanical engineers are experiencing better recruiting conditions than industrial engineers. Also, many times industrial engineers go by different job titles—such as quality engineer or process engineer—that should also be included in candidate searches.