Top 5 U.S. Cities for CAD designers

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This is Part III of our CAD Design Series. In Part I, we discussed Design Engineering & CAD Jobs in High Demand. In Part II, we examined the Four Cs of Design Engineering Education

The increasing need for the automation of integrated solutions for design engineering systems fuels the engineering software market. New trends such as cloud computing, mobile devices and virtualization are emerging in the CAD market.

For decades, the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software market has been booming. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reports the CAD software market is estimated at $8 billion with 5.15 million annual users. The market is expected to grow to $8.7 billion by 2017.

The growth of CAD in local markets is influenced by the economic conditions in those areas. Simply put, where the economy is growing, there’s more manufacturing and construction, thus more need for the use of CAD design and design engineering tools.

According to area economic information from the BLS (as of July 31, 2015) and additional research, the following U.S. cities are showing strong economic growth and are our top 5 viable options for you to land your next CAD design job:

5. Louis, MO 

The unemployment rate in St. Louis has declined by 0.9 percent over the past year. Employment in manufacturing, mining, logging and construction is on the rise. St. Louis provides a pay rate for CAD designers 9 percent higher than the national average.

4. Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis area unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, 1.7 percent lower than the national unemployment rate. Mining, logging and construction employment has increased by 3.3 percent since 2014, and manufacturing employment has increased 1.2 percent since 2014. Minneapolis provides a pay rate for CAD designer 10 percent higher than the national average.

3. Atlanta, GA

In the Southeast region, Atlanta’s unemployment rate decreased by 1 percent over the past year. Strong economic growth is proving to be true in the areas of construction, manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities. Atlanta provides a pay rate for CAD designers 14 percent higher than the national average.

2. Denver, CO

Denver’s unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, a 0.6 percent decline from a year earlier. Mining, logging and construction show the strongest growth in employment by 11.1 percent year-over-year. Denver provides a pay rate that for CAD designers 15 percent higher than the national average.

1. Seattle, WA

Seattle’s unemployment rate has decreased over the past year by 0.9 percent, proving strong economic growth. Construction employment has increased significantly by 15.5 percent. Seattle provides an above-average pay rate for CAD designers 19 percent greater than the national average.

Other U.S. cities with abundant opportunities for CAD design and design engineering job include: Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA and Tulsa, OK.

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Julie Mays is a marketing professional at Adecco Group North America. A South Georgia native, her background includes public relations in local government, marketing, graphic design and brand development. Outside of the office, Julie enjoys outdoor adventures and can be found relaxing at the beach with her husband and beloved dog, Royce.

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