Industry at the beginning of the 21st century is truly global. Engineers now have an unparalleled opportunity to follow an international career path, with most engineering jobs likely to be based in or close to a city.
But it’s not all work, work, work. When deciding where to find a job you also need to consider what it will be like to live there. So here, in no particular order, is our starter for ten, the best cities to work in if you are a professional engineer.
1. Munich, Germany
Munich is seen by many as the high tech centre of Germany and where Siemens and BMW have their headquarters. There are an estimated 70,000 vacant engineering jobs in Germany, which is predicted to climb to 500,000 by 2025. Munich holds the notorious beer festival Oktoberfest every year and arguably hosts the best team in German football, Bayern Munich.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and regularly tops polls of the most desirable places to live in the world. It’s regarded as the country’s centre for technology, logistics and R&D and is also the home of Australia’s automotive industry and features defence and aerospace firms such as Boeing and BAE Systems.
3. Toulouse, France
Located in south west France, Toulouse is the aerospace centre for Europe and hosts companies such as Airbus, Dassault, EADS and Thales. This saw the recruitment of 15,000 engineers to work in the “Aerospace Valley” in 2013.
4. Chennai, India
Chennai on the south eastern coast of India has a broad industrial base, from electronics hardware manufacturers, to aerospace and an offshore energy industry. However, it is best known for being the centre of India’s automotive sector.
5. Houston, US
Houston, Texas is synonymous with the oil and gas sector. Thanks to a combination of high prices, new technology and techniques for fracking and deep water, the city currently has an insatiable thirst for engineers, leading most US oil firms to recruit internationally.
6. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Oil rich states in the Middle East have long been a destination for oil and gas engineers. Abu Dhabi has some of the highest paid roles in the sector. The UAE also has a growing clean energy sector. Abu Dhabi, like Dubai, is one of the more Westernised places in the Middle East and also one of the safest.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is Denmark’s chief industrial centre, with shipbuilding and offshore engineering the major industries. There are also large oil and gas and renewable sectors, and process machinery industries. It has a lively cultural and nightlife scene, too.
8. Sao Paolo, Brazil
Sao Paulo has a strong industrial base with leading firms in automotive, aerospace, IT and manufacturing. The city recently hosted the World Cup and has a good reputation for culture, from concerts and exhibitions to an estimated 12,000 restaurants.
9. Shanghai, China
According to the Chinese government, more than half of the world’s top 100 industrial companies have a presence in Shanghai. Its 23 million inhabitants make it the most populous city in the world, and estimates put the number of foreign workers in the city at around 400,000.
10. Toronto, Canada
Opportunities for foreign engineers in Canada are in the mining, transportation and energy sectors and, with an ageing workforce, there are lots of vacancies. Toronto is the largest city and is ranked as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world.