Four Reasons Boston Is a Major Hub for Engineering Careers
Greater Boston is one of the best places in the nation to take your engineering career to the next level.
Whether you’re just entering the workforce or are established in the industry, Boston offers outstanding engineering career opportunities.
Forbes rated Boston as one of the top 10 metro areas in the United States for engineering jobs. Business Insider included half a dozen Boston-area firms on its list of “dream companies” for engineering students. And the Engineering News-Record’s annual index of the top international design and engineering firms placed three Boston companies in the top 25 for 2019.
“There is an abundance of engineering job prospects in our region,” says Roselita Fragoudakis, a professor in Merrimack College’s engineering graduate degree programs. “Locus Robotics is right down the street. AECOM’s regional office is five miles away. MITRE is about 10 miles away—a number of my faculty colleagues have worked there. TRC’s global headquarters are just down the road in Lowell.”
And those are just the firms in Merrimack College’s immediate neighborhood. Within the broader Boston region, the engineering job market includes national and international heavyweights such as Amazon Robotics, CDM Smith, Teradyne, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, GEI Consultants and GZA GeoEnvironmental.
“It’s an easy transition for our students who are entering the engineering workforce,” Fragoudakis says. “Everything is so local that it’s very easy for employers to connect with our students, and vice versa.”
What Makes Boston’s Engineering Industry So Robust?
According to Forbes, nearly 50,000 engineers work in the Boston metro area, one of the largest concentrations of engineering jobs in the United States. A combination of factors attract engineering employers to the Boston region. Four of the most important are:
“All of the ingredients are here,” says Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, dean of science and engineering at Merrimack College. “Engineering is connected to the community in every way—economically, politically, culturally and environmentally.”
Boston Engineering Jobs Cover a Broad Spectrum
In addition to being large, Boston’s engineering job market offers a diverse range of opportunities. Engineering firms of every size do business here, from worldwide giants to local startups, and they cover every engineering career specialty, from mechanical to civil, environmental, electrical, industrial and geological.
Merrimack College’s graduate engineering programs maintain strong relationships throughout Boston’s engineering community. Many of the school’s engineering faculty are active in the industry, and local employers routinely look to Merrimack for interns and new employees.
Here’s a sampling of noteworthy Boston-area firms who have recruited engineering master’s degree students from Merrimack College:
“It’s an easy transition for our students who are entering the engineering workforce. Everything is so local that it’s very easy for employers to connect with our students, and vice versa.”
― Roselita Fragoudakis, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering