Engineers have a lot of options in today’s market. Their skills are in serious demand and there are not enough qualified job seekers to fill every open role. In such a competitive market, many engineers are deciding to take the leap into contract work. Contract engineers sign on for specific projects and they may work anywhere from a few months to a few years with an employer. When the project wraps, the contract engineer moves on to another project. For engineers considering a career move, contract engineering can be a great choice. Here are just a few reasons why.
Contract Engineers are in High Demand
There is a massive shortage of skilled STEM talent in the market, and employers use contract engineers to close gaps for hard-to-find skills. This is a distinct advantage for seasoned and “overqualified” engineers because employers know that these experienced professionals won’t need much training in order to start making real contributions. Not only do they get access to high-level skills, but leveraging skilled contractors saves them training costs, as well.
Gain Valuable Work Experience
Recent graduates and new engineers can find it a challenge to get their careers going despite the fact that engineers and STEM professionals are in such high demand. Contract engineering can be a great way to start building that all-important experience that employers are looking for in full-time staff.
Working as a contract engineer is also a great way to start building your network if you are new to the field. By doing a great job on your assigned projects, you can ask supervisors and colleagues to act as contacts and references for you in the future.
Earn More While Achieving Better Balance
While there are always exceptions, contract engineers may earn significantly more than their full-time counterparts. Employers who need access to specific skills for a short period of time are willing to pay more for talent – especially because they do not have to pay for the contractor’s benefits, payroll or social security taxes.
Contract engineers typically enjoy strong work-life balance, as well. They do not have to negotiate paid time off benefits and they often choose to take several weeks off between contracts to vacation, spend time with family and recharge their batteries.
Are You Ready to Work as a Contract Engineer?
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