3D Printing Skills: Now Highly Coveted Among Tech Jobs


At AIM Careerlink we pretty much love all things tech, especially when it intersects with people’s careers. In the past few years, the tech-world has blown up and nowhere have things been “techier” than in the 3D printing sector.

Simply put, 3D printing has gotten big. So big in fact that according to Wanted Analytics, a global analytics firm for the talent marketplace, “35% of all ads posted for engineering jobs in the last 30 days prioritize 3D printing and additive manufacturing as the most sought-after skill.”

And that’s not all—here is what else they found:

  • Wanted Analytics also found that within the last four years, there has been a 1,834% increase in the number of job ads requiring workers with 3D printing skills, and a 103% increase in August 2014 compared to August 2013.
  • Also according to Wanted Analytics, Industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, software developers/applications, commercial and industrial designers, and marketing managers are some of the most in-demand jobs right now that require 3D printing.
  • Manufacturing currently has the highest number of positions for 3D printing, with other industries following close behind, including:
    • Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
    • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
    • Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers
    • Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
    • Aluminum Sheet, Plate, and Foil Manufacturing
  • There has also been a global spike in the demand for freelancers with 3D printing expertise. For example, there are a number of freelance sites, such as Elance and ODesk, showcasing freelancers and their skills, as well as the various job boards popping up that specifically focus on 3D printing.

So what’s the take away?

Suffice to say, 3D printing is huge and it only seems like it will get bigger. As a part of our mission, AIM’s primary purpose is “IT talent development from early student interest – to linking them to careers – to ongoing career development.” And one area we think will make a huge impact on careers in the future is the field of 3D printing.

So, for those interested in an IT driven career, we definitely suggest at least taking a look into the 3D printing world. Not only because it is a great resume booster, innovative and tech-forward, but also because it is just so darn cool.

What do you think about 3D printing? Is it here to stay or will it fizzle out? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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