Business students across the globe are hungry to join technology, finance, consulting and consumer-goods companies, as we wrote recently. And what about the students pursuing one of the most in-demand fields of study in the world, engineering? Research firm Universum Global recently revealed the top-rated employers among this group. It surveyed nearly 150,000 engineering students in the world’s 12 biggest economies, including Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.
To see the top 10 most attractive employers for engineering students in 2017, open the gallery below. For the top 20, go to the bottom of this post.
The ever-powerful Google, now approaching $700 billion in market value, is the favorite among engineering students (just as it is for business students). The company also graced Forbes’ Best Employers listin May, taking the number-two spot. After Google, Microsoft and Apple take second and third place in Universum’s ranking. But notably absent from the top 10 are Facebook and Amazon, which rank 16th and 17th.
Although pure tech firms dominated the winner’s circle, they don’t have a monopoly on the hearts and minds of engineering students. Industrial giant GE, which announced last month that its CEO of 16 years will be stepping down, ranks fourth. Automaker BMW is number five, slipping one spot from last year. BMW has thousands of engineers, according to LinkedIn data. And Siemens, the Munich-based conglomerate that makes everything from power plants to X-ray machines, ranks eighth.
Compared with business students, engineering students aren’t nearly as keen on professional services firms. The highest rank that a pure-play professional services company reaches is 20th (McKinsey) on this list. Among business students, four of the top 10 most attractive employers were professional services businesses.
What industries do engineering students want to enter? The sector Universum called “software, computer services, multimedia development, digital entertainment” earned the most votes (23%), followed by industrial engineering and manufacturing (21%), aerospace and defense (20%), automotive (17%) and energy (16%).
Engineering students also seem to care less about money than business students. Their top career preference is to work on innovation, while business students think high future earnings are more important.
The Most Attractive Employers For Engineering Students Around The World – Top 20
4. General Electric (GE)
5. BMW Group
11. Johnson & Johnson
12. Ford Motor Company
13. Procter & Gamble
14. General Motors (GM)
15. L’Oreal Group
18. Volkswagen Group
20. McKinsey & Company