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I am 18 and going to start university to obtain a degree in Switzerland (EPF or HES) in engineering/technical field. but I do not have information about the future job market: Which engineering fields are currently highly demanded in Switzerland? Here is my list:

1. Electrical Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Computer Engineering
5. Biotechnology
6. Material science

Which one is more trendy in CH? Which one have higher salaries?
Thanks for any comments from those in the field/industry.
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Old 21.11.2017, 17:35
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Hi guys!
I am 18 and going to start university to obtain a degree in Switzerland (EPF or HES) in engineering/technical field. but I do not have information about the future job market: Which engineering fields are currently highly demanded in Switzerland? Here is my list:

1. Electrical Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Computer Engineering
5. Biotechnology
6. Material science

Which one is more trendy in CH? Which one have higher salaries?
Thanks for any comments from those in the field/industry.
By the time you have finished anything will have changed already.

Is that the list of items you are interested in? What exactly will you be studying?
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Hi guys!
I am 18 and going to start university to obtain a degree in Switzerland (EPF or HES) in engineering/technical field. but I do not have information about the future job market: Which engineering fields are currently highly demanded in Switzerland? Here is my list:

1. Electrical Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Computer Engineering
5. Biotechnology
6. Material science

Which one is more trendy in CH? Which one have higher salaries?
Thanks for any comments from those in the field/industry.
I suggest to slighly change your analysis on which fields will be more demanded in 10+ years from now and then try to find a match with your personal preferences.

With this said: biotech and software (especially Artificial Intelligence) seem to be in good demand now and in the near future.

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By the time you have finished anything will have changed already.

Is that the list of items you are interested in? What exactly will you be studying?
Thanks! yes I now it will change of course. I am mainly interested in Mechanical and electrical engineering but I have heared mechanical is not anymore demanded in Switzerland.

I have not yet decided which one to choose: my grades are very good in physics and good in maths!
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Depending on your nationality, it may not be easy to get a job even after having studied in Switzerland. So do not only concentrate on what could be in demand in Switzerland
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Depending on your nationality, it may not be easy to get a job even after having studied in Switzerland. So do not only concentrate on what could be in demand in Switzerland

suppose I have EU nationality
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Re: Engineering Job market

Mechanical is probably the most saturated of those you listed, but also the widest number of openings as it is so general. Don't forget Aero, which is a narrower field but there are jobs in it.

Electrical is where industries keep crying out for people.
I don't know many civil engineers, and those I did found the market quite full when they graduated, that was just following the building crash though and I have no idea how things are now.
I know of a few mech and bio engineers who work in material sciences, I think the high specialisation does not help but the deeper engineering from other degrees helps in applications.

So from my knowledge the list would be as follows.
1. Electrical Engineering
2. Computer Engineering
3. Biotechnology
4. Mechanical Engineering
5. Civil Engineering
6. Material science
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Hi guys!
I am 18 and going to start university to obtain a degree in Switzerland (EPF or HES) in engineering/technical field. but I do not have information about the future job market: Which engineering fields are currently highly demanded in Switzerland? Here is my list:

1. Electrical Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Computer Engineering
5. Biotechnology
6. Material science

Which one is more trendy in CH? Which one have higher salaries?
Thanks for any comments from those in the field/industry.
Things change alternatevely in industry/ private/ sector.
Currently Softwar/IT/Computer science are the most sought after.
Biotech is also very hot. I see also a lot of advert for Material science.
Electrical engineering is also good in general and particularly digital/analoge design/ smart grid / unmanned vehicles.
Traditional fields like Mechanical/Chemical/Process engineering are saturated and low demand exists.
I do not know about Civil engineering but shouldn't be among the high demanded ones.

Regarding salary it really depends but in engineering one can not currently expect a very high salary. most of salaries are in the 70-90 k range with such a saturated market.
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Re: Engineering Job market

I recently read an article which says that according to the Swiss Foundation for Employment and Training there is a surplus of chemical, mechanical and electronic engineers with unemployment over 5%. They also say the energy efficiency area will be expanding and that switzerland already lost a chance with IT/software engineering and should not repeat the same mistake by not investing enough in education aimed at emerging markets.
I heard artificial intelligence is all the rage, with crazy high salaries too.
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Hi guys!
I am 18 and going to start university to obtain a degree in Switzerland (EPF or HES) in engineering/technical field. but I do not have information about the future job market: Which engineering fields are currently highly demanded in Switzerland? Here is my list:

1. Electrical Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Computer Engineering
5. Biotechnology
6. Material science

Which one is more trendy in CH? Which one have higher salaries?
Thanks for any comments from those in the field/industry.
Sincerely, you should not worry now about how the job market in engineering will be in 10 years. It's useless because the world is changing fast and no one has a crystal ball. Also, down the road in the university you can change your interests as well.

Simply choose what you like the most now. Not only engineers are always in demand but also they are the most versatile professionals. There are engineers working in fields as diverse as investments, internet, medicine, etc.

That being said, the most versatile of all the engineering disciplines is by far mechanical because it is very generalist. Mechanical engineers work in varied fields such as aeronautics, civil structures, automation, robotics, and energy: hydro-power, wind, and even nuclear.

Finally, more important than the field you choose, is to get accepted into a top university (e.g. ETH).
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Sincerely, you should not worry now about how the job market in engineering will be in 10 years. It's useless because the world is changing fast and no one has a crystal ball. Also, down the road in the university you can change your interests as well.

Simply choose what you like the most now. Not only engineers are always in demand but also they are the most versatile professionals. There are engineers working in fields as diverse as investments, internet, medicine, etc.

That being said, the most versatile of all the engineering disciplines is by far mechanical because it is very generalist. Mechanical engineers work in varied fields such as aeronautics, civil structures, automation, robotics, and energy: hydro-power, wind, and even nuclear.

Finally, more important than the field you choose, is to get accepted into a top university (e.g. ETH).
I tend to disagree to the above: the world changes fast, true, but not so fast. Some trends can be identified at least at high-level.

Few examples that I can think of are: biotech, green energy, robotics, artificial intelligence.
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But the point that your interest changes is very valid. I have seen so many people who are working in a different area from what they have their degree in :-)
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Hi guys!
I am 18 and going to start university to obtain a degree in Switzerland (EPF or HES) in engineering/technical field. but I do not have information about the future job market: Which engineering fields are currently highly demanded in Switzerland? Here is my list:

1. Electrical Engineering
2. Mechanical Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Computer Engineering
5. Biotechnology
6. Material science

Which one is more trendy in CH? Which one have higher salaries?
Thanks for any comments from those in the field/industry.
If you're looking strictly at salaries....computer engineering. But it does matter what would you like to do.
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Re: Engineering Job market

My current friends and acquaintances who are civil engineers say that the job market in Switzerland is great for them. They can easily get a job within a short time or just a few applications. So I guess things are constantly changing and it is hard to predict what it will be like it 10+ years. But engineering in general is probably useful in a range of fields later. I would also assume that anything to do with energy would be useful for the future, for example.

It also depends greatly on what you're interested in--if you don't find it interesting, it will be more of a struggle to put in your best effort.
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I tend to disagree to the above: the world changes fast, true, but not so fast. Some trends can be identified at least at high-level.

Few examples that I can think of are: biotech, green energy, robotics, artificial intelligence.
So, what your crystal ball is saying right now for 10 years in a row? Does the kid should do electrical or material science?

Again, the engineering discipline that he chooses now is irrelevant. Still, either an electrical or a mechanical engineer works with "...green energy, robotics, artificial intelligence.".
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Mechanical is probably the most saturated of those you listed, but also the widest number of openings as it is so general. Don't forget Aero, which is a narrower field but there are jobs in it.

Electrical is where industries keep crying out for people.
I don't know many civil engineers, and those I did found the market quite full when they graduated, that was just following the building crash though and I have no idea how things are now.
I know of a few mech and bio engineers who work in material sciences, I think the high specialisation does not help but the deeper engineering from other degrees helps in applications.

So from my knowledge the list would be as follows.
1. Electrical Engineering
2. Computer Engineering
3. Biotechnology
4. Mechanical Engineering
5. Civil Engineering
6. Material science
Could you elaborate on that please? Why is the mechanical engineering market saturated?

I'm in the same situation. I want to move to Switzerland but I have a mechanical engineering bachelors degree. I want to get a masters degree from ETH Zurich...

So you're telling me that it will be very hard to compete or actually get a job in Zurich as an mech. engineer?

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My current friends and acquaintances who are civil engineers say that the job market in Switzerland is great for them. They can easily get a job within a short time or just a few applications. So I guess things are constantly changing and it is hard to predict what it will be like it 10+ years. But engineering in general is probably useful in a range of fields later. I would also assume that anything to do with energy would be useful for the future, for example.

It also depends greatly on what you're interested in--if you don't find it interesting, it will be more of a struggle to put in your best effort.
That's my main concern. I'm finishing my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and I heard that market is saturated... Should I switch to a master in computer science? Or electrical engineering?

The thing is, if it won't be interesting for you, it will be very hard to get good grades and finish it on time.

I'm afraid that the Swiss job market don't need mechanical engineering
or maybe I should do a master in robotics?

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Re: Engineering Job market

There are many reasons why the market is saturated, and many of them are not only specific to mechanical engineering (e.g. Strong CHF which makes exportation uncompetitive, higher salaries of labor work that make the final product or service expensive, the flux of EU workers coming to CH because of high salaries,...).

In my view the most important mechanical engineering specific reason is Switzerland (and in general Europe) energy transition: Fossil fuels will gradually be phased out, so many gas and steam turbine manufacturers have limited funding R&D activities (e.g. Alstom, Siemens,..). Cars (and even heavy-duty road trucks recently) will go electric gradually, and the electric cars will have less mechanical parts (No internal combustion engine, gearbox, Turbochargers...). This will eliminate many jobs related to mechanical engineering. In Switzerland ABB have a Turbocharger BU, but since 3-4 years ago they have frozen new openings. And of course, renewable energies (except wind) offer limited jobs for Mechanical engineers, they mostly need material or electrochemical engineers.
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[QUOTE=arianemin;2878358t And of course, renewable energies (except wind) offer limited jobs for Mechanical engineers, they mostly need material or electrochemical engineers.[/QUOTE]

Why employing mechanical engineers if you can hire Environmental Engineers from ETH and Energy Engineers from Fachhochschule - or some who hold both degrees- like my husband does - who already know how to handle renewable energy?
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Could you elaborate on that please? Why is the mechanical engineering market saturated?

I'm in the same situation. I want to move to Switzerland but I have a mechanical engineering bachelors degree. I want to get a masters degree from ETH Zurich...

So you're telling me that it will be very hard to compete or actually get a job in Zurich as an mech. engineer?
Saturated in that Uni's and technical schools have been pumping out large amounts of mechanical engineers for years now.
I've met quite a few Swiss graduates working in other jobs (car sales, bar staff, handyman) waiting for entry level openings. I was a bit suprised by this considering they get the first shout before EU and further afield.
From the EU people hired into my company they all have at least 1-2 years relevant experience.
But at the same time we continue to search for electrical engineers with experience. It seems there is less of them on the market applying for jobs.
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Saturated in that Uni's and technical schools have been pumping out large amounts of mechanical engineers for years now.
I've met quite a few Swiss graduates working in other jobs (car sales, bar staff, handyman) waiting for entry level openings. I was a bit suprised by this considering they get the first shout before EU and further afield.
From the EU people hired into my company they all have at least 1-2 years relevant experience.
But at the same time we continue to search for electrical engineers with experience. It seems there is less of them on the market applying for jobs.
This really hard to believe. Lol in my country they are screaming out loud for mechanical engineers. There are way too many open vacancies. But I thought If I could earn more in Switzerland, why wouldn’t I move to Switzerland because they are underpaying every engineer in this country.

Well, I will see what I will do. Maybe switch to computerscience or electrical engineering.
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