EETech 2022 Engineering Insights Report is Here!
Jan 24, 2023
For the sixth year in a row, we’ve partnered with a third party research firm to gather and analyze data from engineers around the world to create our Engineering Insights Report (previously known as EETech’s Annual Research Study). In doing so, we’re able to access critical year-over-year trends and compare demographics—shedding light on how engineers engage with the market. We also partnered with ECIA to design the survey in order to address pressing topics like supply chain challenges and how engineers are sourcing new components.
Thanks to our online community, we received responses from over 10,000 participants. Being able to compare the experience and current situation for professionals facing similar struggles like chip shortages, or who are still rebuilding after COVID-19, allows us to look at the current state of the industry from a broader view.
From first year college freshmen to professionals working in engineering for over 30 years, participants self-identified in the following categories:
- Electrical Engineers
- Control & Automation Engineers
- Makers & Hobbyists
- Students pursuing a degree in Engineering
As always, we’ve compared Next Gen engineers (>5 years of experience) alongside Career Pros (6+ years of experience) to establish new trends from the younger generation breaking into the workforce, and how the industry might evolve in the future with these workers at the helm.
Here’s a little taste of what we learned in 2022:
We asked our respondents to identify what content types they would actively like to see provided more often. Next Gen respondents prioritized video content higher, as well as industry interviews and opinion-based content. It’s notable that Next Gen respondents expressed interest in a wider range of content, indicating that the next wave of engineers is hungry for a wider variety of content types compared to their predecessors.
The impact of long lead times for components definitely has had an impact on many EEs. The lion’s share of respondents said that between 25% to 74% of their designs required redesigns due to lengthy lead times. Less than 15% reported no impact to their designs.
The top electronic component distributors are reliably Digi-Key and Mouser. If you hit the play button in this graphic, you’ll see how Amazon has actually decreased in popularity in recent years, making room for Arrow Electronics to rise to the top three.
The data presented here is only the tip of the soldering iron. To see the full 2022 Engineering Insights Report, visit: www.eetech.com/survey/
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