Electronic Design

<i> Electronic Design </i>2006 Reader Profile Survey Results

Total number of respondents: 2597.

Section A: About You Professionally

Questions in this section included:

  • A1. What is your principal job function?
  • A2. What is your job title?
  • A3. Is this the same job title you held at this time last year?
  • A4. If you changed job titles within the past year, what was the primary reason for change?
  • A5. Which of the following best describes your current employment status?
  • A6. How many hours during the typical workweek do you spend: At your office; Working at home; Working at other locations; On call?
  • A7. Which of the following best describes your current design project?
  • A8. Which of the following markets are the products your company designs sold into?
  • A9. Some industry data suggest that there is a growing shortage of analog engineers. Does your organization have difficulty finding qualified analog engineers?
  • A10. If yes, what are some of the ways your organization is addressing the shortage?
  • A11. In your opinion, what are some of the reasons why analog engineers might be getting harder to find?
  • A12. How many members, including yourself, comprise your current design team: At your location; At other locations within the US; At other locations outside the US?

The responses broke down as follows:

A1. What is your principal job function? (select one) Responses: 2398
Design & development engineering 68.9% 68.9% 1652
Engineering management 12.3% 12.3% 296
Executive/operating management 6.8% 6.8% 162
Other 12.0% 12.0% 288

A2. What is your job title? Responses: 2385
President/owner/CXO/other executive management 9.8% 9.8% 233
Vice president/VP of engineering 2.2% 2.2% 53
Department head/section head 3.6% 3.6% 86
Technical director/director of engineering/R&D/engineering manager 5.3% 5.3% 126
Group leader/project team leader/project manager 6.5% 6.5% 155
Chief engineer/senior engineer/lead engineer/principal engineer 14.0% 14.0% 335
Applications/systems engineering manager 1.6% 1.6% 37
Hardware/software engineering manager 2.1% 2.1% 50
Manufacturing/production manager 0.6% 0.6% 15
QC/evaluation/test manager 0.7% 0.7% 17
Design engineer/project engineer/R&D engineer 20.1% 20.1% 479
Systems engineer/applications engineer 4.9% 4.9% 117
Hardware engineer/software engineer 9.4% 9.4% 224
Manufacturing/production engineer 1.3% 1.3% 30
Test engineer 3.2% 3.2% 77
Consulting engineer/scientist 3.5% 3.5% 83
MTS 0.5% 0.5% 12
Other 10.7% 10.7% 256

A3. Is this the same job title you held at this time last year? Responses: 2415
Yes 86.8% 86.8% 2096
No 13.2% 13.2% 319

A4. If you changed job titles within the past year, what was the primary reason for change? Responses: 559
Promotion with same employer based upon merit/training 36.3% 36.3% 203
Reassignment because of layoffs or restructuring with same employer 10.4% 10.4% 58
Laid off or fired from previous company 6.8% 6.8% 38
Left previous company to pursue other opportunities 23.8% 23.8% 133
Other 22.7% 22.7% 127

A5. Which of the following best describes your current employment status? Responses: 2412
Full time 86.7% 86.7% 2091
Part time 2.6% 2.6% 62
Freelance/self employed 8.0% 8.0% 193
Contract worker 1.7% 1.7% 40
Other 1.1% 1.1% 26

A6. How many hours during the typical workweek do you spend:

At your office?
Mean: 42.19 Responses: 2383
More than 60 hours 2.6% 2.6% 61
56-60 hours 5.1% 5.1% 121
51-55 hours 7.5% 7.5% 178
46-50 hours 19.8% 19.8% 472
41-45 hours 35.0% 35.0% 934
36-40 hours 15.7% 15.7% 374
31-35 hours 3.4><img src= 3.4% 80
26-30 hours 2.3% 2.3% 55
21-25 hours 1.5% 1.5% 35
16-20 hours 1.8% 1.8% 42
15 or fewer hours 5.5% 5.5% 131

Working at home? Mean: 8.06 Responses: 2361
More than 60 hours 0.7% 0.7% 17
56-60 hours 0.7% 0.7% 16
51-55 hours 0.3% 0.3% 7
46-50 hours 1.2% 1.2% 28
41-45 hours 1.1% 1.1% 26
36-40 hours 1.2% 1.2% 28
31-35 hours 0.8% 0.8% 20
26-30 hours 1.7% 1.7% 41
21-25 hours 2.0% 2.0% 47
16-20 hours 6.4% 6.4% 151
11-15 hours 5.8% 5.8% 137
6-10 hours 17.3% 17.3% 409
1-5 hours 35.8% 35.8% 845
None 24.9% 24.9% 589

Working at other locations? Mean: 2.25 Responses: 2201
More than 20 hours 2.5% 2.5% 54
16-20 hours 2.4% 2.4% 52
11-15 hours 1.6% 1.6% 36
6-10 hours 7.1% 7.1% 156
1-5 hours 18.5% 18.5% 408
None 67.9% 67.9% 1495

On call? Mean: 1.52 Responses: 2155
More than 10 hours 8.4% 8.4% 180
6-10 hours 2.5% 2.5% 54
1-5 hours 16.2% 16.2% 350
None 72.9% 72.9% 1571

A7. Which of the following best describes your current design project? (select one) Responses: 2399
Computer product design (supercomputers, mainframes, workstations, servers, PCs, notebooks/laptops, peripherals, boards, etc.) 4.1% 4.1% 98
Communications systems and equipment (local-area/wide-area networking products, wireless, cellular, RF and microwave, Bluetooth, etc.) 12.1% 12.1% 291
Industrial controls systems and equipment (including robotics) 13.5% 13.5% 324
Test and measurement equipment 8.0% 8.0% 193
Power design 5.7% 5.7% 136
Safety/security 1.5% 1.5% 36
Research & development 8.6% 8.6% 206
Software design/development/programming 4.9% 4.9% 117
Medical electronics products 5.9% 5.9% 141
Consumer electronics products 5.5% 5.5% 131
Automotive electronics products 4.0% 4.0% 95
Avionics, marine, or space 4.7% 4.7% 112
Military electronics products 6.5% 6.5% 155
Components and subassemblies 1.8% 1.8% 44
ICs and semiconductors 5.5% 5.5% 132
Other 7.8% 7.8% 188



Total number of respondents: 2597.

Section A: About You Professionally

Questions in this section included:

  • A1. What is your principal job function?
  • A2. What is your job title?
  • A3. Is this the same job title you held at this time last year?
  • A4. If you changed job titles within the past year, what was the primary reason for change?
  • A5. Which of the following best describes your current employment status?
  • A6. How many hours during the typical workweek do you spend: At your office; Working at home; Working at other locations; On call?
  • A7. Which of the following best describes your current design project?
  • A8. Which of the following markets are the products your company designs sold into?
  • A9. Some industry data suggest that there is a growing shortage of analog engineers. Does your organization have difficulty finding qualified analog engineers?
  • A10. If yes, what are some of the ways your organization is addressing the shortage?
  • A11. In your opinion, what are some of the reasons why analog engineers might be getting harder to find?
  • A12. How many members, including yourself, comprise your current design team: At your location; At other locations within the US; At other locations outside the US?

The responses broke down as follows:

A8. Which of the following markets are the products your company designs sold into? (select all that apply) Responses: 2359
North America 83.7% 83.7% 1975
South America 35.0% 35.0% 825
Europe 57.3% 57.3% 1352
Middle East 28.0% 28.0% 660
China 31.9% 31.9% 752
Japan 35.3% 35.3% 832
Korea 27.3% 27.3% 644
Other Asia 30.6% 30.6% 723
Other 11.1% 11.1% 263

A9. Some industry data suggest that there is a growing shortage of analog engineers. Does your organization have difficulty finding qualified analog engineers? Responses: 2415
Yes 31.2% 31.2% 734
No 68.8% 68.8% 1620

A10. If yes, what are some of the ways your organization is addressing the shortage? Responses: 639

A11. In your opinion, what are some of the reasons why analog engineers might be getting harder to find? (select all that apply) Responses: 2284
Analog engineering hasn't been stressed enough at the university level 50.4% 50.4% 1151
Working engineers like to concentrate on other, more "glamorous" digital technologies 51.2% 51.2% 1170
Analog is a niche discipline that's outside the engineering mainstream 24.5% 24.5% 560
Not enough continuing education available to keep up with analog technologies 28.2% 28.2% 643
Other 16.4% 16.4% 375

A12. How many members, including yourself, comprise your current design team:

At your location?
Mean: 5.58 Responses: 2379
More than 10 21.4% 21.4% 508
10 4.5% 4.5% 106
9 1.8% 1.8% 44
8 4.2% 4.2% 101
7 3.8% 3.8% 91
6 5.9% 5.9% 141
5 9.8% 9.8% 232
4 10.3% 10.3% 244
3 13.2% 13.2% 314
2 11.4% 11.4% 271
1 13.7% 13.7% 327

At other locations within the US? Mean: 2.63 Responses: 2110
More than 10 16.9% 16.9% 357
10 1.5% 1.5% 32
9 0.3% 0.3% 6
8 0.9% 0.9% 20
7 0.5% 0.5% 11
6 1.2% 1.2% 25
5 2.0% 2.0% 43
4 2.1% 2.1% 45
3 2.8% 2.8% 60
2 4.7% 4.7% 99
1 4.5% 4.5% 94
0 62.5% 62.5% 1318

At other locations outside the US? Mean: 2.51 Responses: 2105
More than 10 16.9% 16.9% 356
10 0.8% 0.8% 17
9 0.2% 0.2% 4
8 0.7% 0.7% 14
7 0.5% 0.5% 10
6 1.2% 1.2% 26
5 2.2% 2.2% 46
4 1.8% 1.8% 38
3 2.8% 2.8% 59
2 4.4% 4.4% 93
1 3.8% 3.8% 81
0 64.7% 64.7% 1361



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section B: Engineering Experience

Questions in this section included:

  • B1. Approximately how long have you worked in engineering?
  • B2. >During this time as an engineer, how many different companies have you worked for?
  • B3. Do you believe that a career path in engineering and the potential for salary advancement is as promising today as it was five years ago?
  • B4. Why?
  • B5. Approximately how long have you worked at your present company?
  • B6. How many job promotions have you achieved at your current place of employment?
  • B7. Would you recommend engineering as a career path to a young person looking to choose a profession?
  • B8. Why?
  • B9. Do you feel that you are being challenged intellectually with the engineering projects you work on at your present job?
  • B10. What are the professional issues that keep you up at night?
  • B11a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most important, how would you rate the importance of the following factors in terms of their influence on your job satisfaction? The challenges that accompany the design of new products; Researching potential design solutions; The pressures associated with solving design problems; Working in team situations with peers; Working independently of others; The recognition you get from others for the work you do; The compensation you receive for the work you do; Opportunity to design products that can benefit society.
  • B11b. Other important factors.
  • B12a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most pressing, how pressing are each of the following problems in your work? Finding the optimal components for my designs; Having to compromise my design approaches; Insufficient funding for my design projects; Insufficient people resources to get the job done; Inability to adequately test product designs; Lack of design management direction; Seniority issues; Management is taking company in wrong direction; Competitive market pressures; Time-to-market pressures; Shrinking product life cycles; Second sourcing for the components specified; Politics at work.
  • B12b. Other most pressing.
  • B13. Which of the following search engines do you use when looking for information related to your work?
  • B14. What forms of personal technology do you use?

The responses broke down as follows:

B1. Approximately how long have you worked in engineering? Mean: 21.34 Responses: 2232
Less than 1 year 1.2% 1.2% 27
1-4 years 7.5% 7.5% 168
5-9 years 10.7% 10.7% 239
10-14 years 10.7% 10.7% 238
15-19 years 11.1% 11.1% 248
20-24 years 16.8% 16.8% 375
25-29 years 17.0% 17.0% 380
30-34 years 11.2% 11.2% 250
35-39 years 6.5% 6.5% 145
40 years or more 7.3% 7.3% 162

B2. During this time as an engineer, how many different companies have you worked for? Mean: 3.55 Responses: 2217
8 or more 8.0% 8.0% 177
7 4.1% 4.1% 91
6 6.2% 6.2% 137
5 11.2% 11.2% 248
4 14.7% 14.7% 326
3 18.6% 18.6% 413
2 17.4% 17.4% 385
1 19.8% 19.8% 440

B3. Do you believe that a career path in engineering and the potential for salary advancement is as promising today as it was five years ago? Responses: 2217
Yes 47.4% 47.4% 1051
No 52.6% 52.6% 1166



Total number of respondents: 2597.

Section B: Engineering Experience

Questions in this section included:

  • B1. Approximately how long have you worked in engineering?
  • B2. >During this time as an engineer, how many different companies have you worked for?
  • B3. Do you believe that a career path in engineering and the potential for salary advancement is as promising today as it was five years ago?
  • B4. Why?
  • B5. Approximately how long have you worked at your present company?
  • B6. How many job promotions have you achieved at your current place of employment?
  • B7. Would you recommend engineering as a career path to a young person looking to choose a profession?
  • B8. Why?
  • B9. Do you feel that you are being challenged intellectually with the engineering projects you work on at your present job?
  • B10. What are the professional issues that keep you up at night?
  • B11a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most important, how would you rate the importance of the following factors in terms of their influence on your job satisfaction? The challenges that accompany the design of new products; Researching potential design solutions; The pressures associated with solving design problems; Working in team situations with peers; Working independently of others; The recognition you get from others for the work you do; The compensation you receive for the work you do; Opportunity to design products that can benefit society.
  • B11b. Other important factors.
  • B12a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most pressing, how pressing are each of the following problems in your work? Finding the optimal components for my designs; Having to compromise my design approaches; Insufficient funding for my design projects; Insufficient people resources to get the job done; Inability to adequately test product designs; Lack of design management direction; Seniority issues; Management is taking company in wrong direction; Competitive market pressures; Time-to-market pressures; Shrinking product life cycles; Second sourcing for the components specified; Politics at work.
  • B12b. Other most pressing.
  • B13. Which of the following search engines do you use when looking for information related to your work?
  • B14. What forms of personal technology do you use?

The responses broke down as follows:

B4. Why? Responses: 1823

B5. Approximately how long have you worked at your present company? Mean: 9.94 Responses: 2230
Currently unemployed 1.0% 1.0% 23
Less than 1 year 7.9% 7.9% 177
1-4 years 28.6% 28.6% 638
5-9 years 25.4% 25.4% 567
10-14 years 12.4% 12.4% 277
15-19 years 8.5% 8.5% 189
20-24 years 7.1% 7.1% 159
25-29 years 5.2% 5.2% 117
30-34 years 1.9% 1.9% 43
35-39 years 0.9% 0.9% 19
40 years or more 0.9% 0.9% 21

B6. How many job promotions have you achieved at your current place of employment? Mean: 2.07 Responses: 2383
8 or more 2.7% 2.7% 51
7 0.5% 0.5% 10
6 1.5% 1.5% 29
5 4.8% 4.8% 91
4 6.5% 6.5% 124
3 11.0% 11.0% 209
2 16.7% 16.7% 317
1 56.1% 56.1% 1064

B7. Would you recommend engineering as a career path to a young person looking to choose a profession? Responses: 2213
Yes 79.6% 79.6% 1762
No 20.4% 20.4% 451

B8. Why? Responses: 1906

B9. Do you feel that you are being challenged intellectually with the engineering projects you work on at your present job? Responses: 2217
Sufficiently challenged 58.1% 58.1% 1287
Somewhat challenged 30.9% 30.9% 685
Not challenged enough 11.1% 11.1% 245

B10. What are the professional issues that keep you up at night? (select all that apply) Responses: 2216
Specifying the right products/vendors for my designs 18.3% 18.3% 406
Product interoperability issues 14.8% 14.8% 328
Price/performance issues 23.3% 23.3% 517
Product reliability issues 31.9% 31.9% 706
Component availability issues 21.6% 21.6% 478
Documenting ROI on engineering expenditures 6.4% 6.4% 142
Staying current with new and emerging technologies 38.0% 38.0% 842
Looming project deadlines 37.1% 37.1% 822
Dealing with reductions in staff 18.0% 18.0% 398
Concerns about job security 23.3% 23.3% 517
Concerns about financial health of suppliers 3.9% 3.9% 87
Concerns about financial health of your company 19.7% 19.7% 437
Concerns about the general health of the economy 21.5% 21.5% 476
Age discrimination 16.1% 16.1% 356
Outsourcing issues 22.5% 22.5% 498
Nothing keeps me up at night 19.9% 19.9% 440
Other 9.2% 9.2% 204

B11a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most important, how would you rate the importance of the following factors in terms of their influence on your job satisfaction?

The challenges that accompany the design of new products
Mean: 8.20 Responses: 2183
1 0.8% 0.8% 18
2 0.6% 0.6% 14
3 1.1% 1.1% 23
4 1.3% 1.3% 28
5 3.9% 3.9% 85
6 5.8% 5.8% 127
7 12.5% 12.5% 272
8 25.5% 25.5% 556
9 21.7% 21.7% 473
10 26.9% 26.9% 587

Researching potential design solutions Mean: 8.01 Responses: 2185
1 0.5% 0.5% 10
2 0.9% 0.9% 19
3 1.2% 1.2% 27
4 1.8% 1.8% 39
5 5.4% 5.4% 118
6 6.2% 6.2% 135
7 14.2% 14.2% 310
8 25.6% 25.6% 559
9 23.1% 23.1% 505
10 21.2% 21.2% 463

The pressures associated with solving design problems Mean: 6.36 Responses: 2169
1 3.5% 3.5% 76
2 3.0% 3.0% 64
3 5.1% 5.1% 111
4 7.2% 7.2% 157
5 15.8% 15.8% 342
6 14.0% 14.0% 303
7 16.6% 16.6% 360
8 17.6% 17.6% 381
9 10.2% 10.2% 221
10 7.1% 7.1% 154

Working in team situations with peers Mean: 6.48 Responses: 2174
1 3.0% 3.0% 65
2 2.7% 2.7% 59
3 5.3% 5.3% 116
4 5.8% 5.8% 127
5 15.5% 15.5% 336
6 13.0% 13.0% 282
7 18.0% 18.0% 392
8 18.2% 18.2% 395
9 11.0% 11.0% 240
10 7.5% 7.5% 162



Total number of respondents: 2597.

Section B: Engineering Experience

Questions in this section included:

  • B1. Approximately how long have you worked in engineering?
  • B2. >During this time as an engineer, how many different companies have you worked for?
  • B3. Do you believe that a career path in engineering and the potential for salary advancement is as promising today as it was five years ago?
  • B4. Why?
  • B5. Approximately how long have you worked at your present company?
  • B6. How many job promotions have you achieved at your current place of employment?
  • B7. Would you recommend engineering as a career path to a young person looking to choose a profession?
  • B8. Why?
  • B9. Do you feel that you are being challenged intellectually with the engineering projects you work on at your present job?
  • B10. What are the professional issues that keep you up at night?
  • B11a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most important, how would you rate the importance of the following factors in terms of their influence on your job satisfaction? The challenges that accompany the design of new products; Researching potential design solutions; The pressures associated with solving design problems; Working in team situations with peers; Working independently of others; The recognition you get from others for the work you do; The compensation you receive for the work you do; Opportunity to design products that can benefit society.
  • B11b. Other important factors.
  • B12a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most pressing, how pressing are each of the following problems in your work? Finding the optimal components for my designs; Having to compromise my design approaches; Insufficient funding for my design projects; Insufficient people resources to get the job done; Inability to adequately test product designs; Lack of design management direction; Seniority issues; Management is taking company in wrong direction; Competitive market pressures; Time-to-market pressures; Shrinking product life cycles; Second sourcing for the components specified; Politics at work.
  • B12b. Other most pressing.
  • B13. Which of the following search engines do you use when looking for information related to your work?
  • B14. What forms of personal technology do you use?

The responses broke down as follows:

Working independently of others Mean: 6.42 Responses: 2170
1 3.4% 3.4% 74
2 2.7% 2.7% 58
3 5.5% 5.5% 120
4 7.0% 7.0% 152
5 15.2% 15.2% 330
6 13.7% 13.7% 297
7 15.7% 15.7% 340
8 18.0% 18.0% 391
9 11.5% 11.5% 250
10 7.3% 7.3% 158

The recognition you get from others for the work you do Mean: 6.94 Responses: 2170
1 2.4% 2.4% 52
2 2.7% 2.7% 58
3 4.8% 4.8% 105
4 4.7% 4.7% 103
5 10.3% 10.3% 224
6 12.1% 12.1% 263
7 13.0% 13.0% 282
8 22.8% 22.8% 494
9 15.7% 15.7% 340
10 11.5% 11.5% 249

The compensation you receive for the work you do Mean: 7.56 Responses: 2173
1 1.5% 1.5% 32
2 1.5% 1.5% 33
3 2.3% 2.3% 49
4 2.9% 2.9% 64
5 8.2% 8.2% 178
6 9.4% 9.4% 204
7 14.6% 14.6% 318
8 21.4% 21.4% 466
9 19.4% 19.4% 422
10 18.7% 18.7% 407

Opportunity to design products that can benefit society Mean: 7.43 Responses: 2172
1 2.6% 2.6% 56
2 2.7% 2.7% 58
3 3.1% 3.1% 67
4 2.9% 2.9% 62
5 8.4% 8.4% 183
6 8.8% 8.8% 192
7 13.8% 13.8% 299
8 18.1% 18.1% 393
9 18.8% 18.8% 409
10 20.9% 20.9% 453

B11b. Other important factors. Responses: 368

B12a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most pressing, how pressing are each of the following problems in your work?

Finding the optimal components for my designs
Mean: 6.67 Responses: 2147
1 4.3% 4.3% 93
2 3.3% 3.3% 71
3 5.2% 5.2% 112
4 5.5% 5.5% 118
5 10.4% 10.4% 224
6 11.7% 11.7% 251
7 14.3% 14.3% 306
8 22.0% 22.0% 472
9 12.9% 12.9% 276
10 10.4% 10.4% 224

Having to compromise my design approaches Mean: 6.41 Responses: 2142
1 2.9% 2.9% 63
2 3.5% 3.5% 75
3 5.6% 5.6% 121
4 6.5% 6.5% 140
5 13.9% 13.9% 298
6 14.4% 14.4% 309
7 17.0% 17.0% 365
8 18.3% 18.3% 391
9 11.1% 11.1% 238
10 6.6% 6.6% 142

Insufficient funding for my design projects Mean: 6.21 Responses: 2150
1 5.8% 5.8% 124
2 4.9% 4.9% 105
3 7.3% 7.3% 157
4 8.5% 8.5% 183
5 13.0% 13.0% 279
6 10.8% 10.8% 233
7 12.7% 12.7% 272
8 14.4% 14.4% 310
9 11.1% 11.1% 238
10 11.6% 11.6% 249

Insufficient people resources to get the job done Mean: 6.83 Responses: 2157
1 3.9% 3.9% 84
2 3.2% 3.2% 70
3 5.1% 5.1% 111
4 5.6% 5.6% 121
5 10.2% 10.2% 221
6 10.5% 10.5% 226
7 14.1% 14.1% 304
8 17.7% 17.7% 381
9 15.2% 15.2% 327
10 14.5% 14.5% 312

Inability to adequately test product designs Mean: 6.33 Responses: 2143
1 4.1% 4.1% 87
2 4.2% 4.2% 90
3 6.1% 6.1% 131
4 7.6% 7.6% 163
5 13.2% 13.2% 283
6 13.6% 13.6% 291
7 15.3% 15.3% 327
8 15.4% 15.4% 330
9 12.0% 12.0% 257
10 8.6% 8.6% 184



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section B: Engineering Experience

Questions in this section included:

  • B1. Approximately how long have you worked in engineering?
  • B2. >During this time as an engineer, how many different companies have you worked for?
  • B3. Do you believe that a career path in engineering and the potential for salary advancement is as promising today as it was five years ago?
  • B4. Why?
  • B5. Approximately how long have you worked at your present company?
  • B6. How many job promotions have you achieved at your current place of employment?
  • B7. Would you recommend engineering as a career path to a young person looking to choose a profession?
  • B8. Why?
  • B9. Do you feel that you are being challenged intellectually with the engineering projects you work on at your present job?
  • B10. What are the professional issues that keep you up at night?
  • B11a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most important, how would you rate the importance of the following factors in terms of their influence on your job satisfaction? The challenges that accompany the design of new products; Researching potential design solutions; The pressures associated with solving design problems; Working in team situations with peers; Working independently of others; The recognition you get from others for the work you do; The compensation you receive for the work you do; Opportunity to design products that can benefit society.
  • B11b. Other important factors.
  • B12a. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most pressing, how pressing are each of the following problems in your work? Finding the optimal components for my designs; Having to compromise my design approaches; Insufficient funding for my design projects; Insufficient people resources to get the job done; Inability to adequately test product designs; Lack of design management direction; Seniority issues; Management is taking company in wrong direction; Competitive market pressures; Time-to-market pressures; Shrinking product life cycles; Second sourcing for the components specified; Politics at work.
  • B12b. Other most pressing.
  • B13. Which of the following search engines do you use when looking for information related to your work?
  • B14. What forms of personal technology do you use?

The responses broke down as follows:

Lack of design management direction Mean: 5.74 Responses: 2132
1 9.9% 9.9% 212
2 6.3% 6.3% 134
3 10.4% 10.4% 221
4 7.4% 7.4% 157
5 12.4% 12.4% 264
6 11.1% 11.1% 237
7 9.6% 9.6% 204
8 12.1% 12.1% 258
9 10.6% 10.6% 225
10 10.3% 10.3% 220

Seniority issues Mean: 3.96 Responses: 2120
1 24.9% 24.9% 527
2 10.6% 10.6% 224
3 13.9% 13.9% 295
4 9.9% 9.9% 210
5 13.5% 13.5% 286
6 9.1% 9.1% 192
7 7.2% 7.2% 153
8 5.4% 5.4% 114
9 3.0% 3.0% 64
10 2.6% 2.6% 55

Management is taking company in wrong direction Mean: 4.87 Responses: 2130
1 18.5% 18.5% 395
2 9.3% 9.3% 198
3 12.2% 12.2% 260
4 7.7% 7.7% 165
5 10.6% 10.6% 225
6 9.3% 9.3% 199
7 8.8% 8.8% 188
8 8.1% 8.1% 173
9 6.8% 6.8% 145
10 8.5% 8.5% 182

Competitive market pressures Mean: 5.93 Responses: 2132
1 7.8% 7.8% 166
2 4.2% 4.2% 90
3 8.2% 8.2% 175
4 7.6% 7.6% 161
5 12.7% 12.7% 270
6 13.1% 13.1% 280
7 15.0% 15.0% 320
8 14.9% 14.9% 318
9 9.8% 9.8% 210
10 6.7% 6.7% 142

Time-to-market pressures Mean: 6.63 Responses: 2135
1 5.5% 5.5% 117
2 3.4% 3.4% 73
3 5.4% 5.4% 115
4 5.5% 5.5% 117
5 10.5% 10.5% 224
6 9.9% 9.9% 212
7 14.1% 14.1% 301
8 19.7% 19.7% 421
9 15.5% 15.5% 330
10 10.5% 10.5% 225

Shrinking product life cycles Mean: 5.79 Responses: 2120
1 7.8% 7.8% 165
2 5.6% 5.6% 118
3 8.3% 8.3% 176
4 8.9% 8.9% 189
5 13.2% 13.2% 279
6 12.9% 12.9% 273
7 12.8% 12.8% 272
8 15.1% 15.1% 320
9 8.9% 8.9% 189
10 6.6% 6.6% 139

Second sourcing for the components specified Mean: 5.16 Responses: 2112
1 10.9% 10.9% 230
2 9.4% 9.4% 198
3 9.5% 9.5% 200
4 9.8% 9.8% 206
5 14.1% 14.1% 298
6 12.8% 12.8% 271
7 11.6% 11.6% 246
8 11.3% 11.3% 239
9 6.7% 6.7% 141
10 3.9% 3.9% 83

Politics at work Mean: 5.23 Responses: 2146
1 15.8% 15.8% 339
2 9.1% 9.1% 195
3 9.8% 9.8% 210
4 7.9% 7.9% 169
5 11.0% 11.0% 235
6 9.0% 9.0% 194
7 8.4% 8.4% 181
8 10.8% 10.8% 231
9 8.3% 8.3% 179
10 9.9% 9.9% 213

B12b. Other most pressing. Responses: 200

B13. Which of the following search engines do you use when looking for information related to your work? (select all that apply) Responses: 2209
AltaVista 10.4% 10.4% 229
AOL 2.8% 2.8% 62
Ask 7.2% 7.2% 158
GlobalSpec 18.5% 18.5% 409
Google 95.9% 95.9% 2119
Lycos 4.2% 4.2% 93
MSN 12.9% 12.9% 284
Teoma 0.7% 0.7% 16
Yahoo 39.7% 39.7% 876
Other 8.6% 8.6% 189

B14. What forms of personal technology do you use? (select all that apply) Responses: 1894
PDA (Blackberry, Palm, etc.) 33.3% 33.3% 631
Smart phone 19.9% 19.9% 377
Portable digital music player (iPod, etc.) 32.6% 32.6% 617
Laptop 89.2% 89.2% 1689



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section C: Employment Outlook/Outsourcing

Questions in this section included:

  • C1. To the best of your knowledge, what is the engineering employment outlook at your company in the coming year?
  • C2. Do you feel that your organization is more focused on employee retention this year as compared to a year ago?
  • C3. Why?
  • C4. How would you rate your present job security?
  • C5. Has a headhunter or recruiter contacted you regarding a job with another company in the past 12 months?
  • C6. If yes, how many times?
  • C7. What situations would most likely motivate you to consider accepting another job today?
  • C8. What is your status regarding new employment?
  • C9. Does your company outsource engineering work?
  • C10. Where is this work being outsourced?
  • C11. What types of engineering work is your company outsourcing?
  • C12. Does your company plan to outsource engineering work in the future?
  • C13. Where will these jobs be outsourced?
  • C14. What types of engineering work will your company outsource?
  • C15. Who gets involved in making the decision whether or not to outsource engineering work at your company?
  • C16. What impact do you feel the current trend toward outsourcing is having on engineering professionals?
  • C17. How concerned are you with the prospect of losing your job to outsourcing?
  • C18. What is your personal view of outsourcing? How is it affecting the engineering profession, your company, etc?

The responses broke down as follows:

C1. Approximately how long have you worked in engineering? Responses: 2140
My company plans to increase the number of engineering jobs 39.5% 39.5% 845
My company plans to maintain the current level of engineering jobs 51.4% 51.4% 1099
My company plans to scale back engineering staff 9.2% 9.2% 196

C2. Do you feel that your organization is more focused on employee retention this year as compared to a year ago? Responses: 2113
Yes 39.5% 39.5% 834
No 60.5% 60.5% 1279

C3. Why? Responses: 1422

C4. How would you rate your present job security? Responses: 2145
I feel strongly secure 39.6% 39.6% 850
I feel somewhat secure 49.6% 49.6% 1063
I feel insecure 10.8% 10.8% 232

C5. Has a headhunter or recruiter contacted you regarding a job with another company in the past 12 months? Responses: 2141
Yes 49.5% 49.5% 1060
No 50.5% 50.5% 1081

C6. If yes, how many times? Mean: 2.96 Responses: 1062
1 16.2% 16.2% 172
2 30.8% 30.8% 327
3 19.4% 19.4% 206
4 8.4% 8.4% 89
5 or more 25.2% 25.2% 268

C7. What situations would most likely motivate you to consider accepting another job today? (select all that apply) Responses: 2066
Higher compensation 71.1% 71.1% 1468
More responsibility 23.1% 23.1% 478
More interesting work 59.0% 59.0% 1218
Stock options 26.2% 26.2% 541
More dynamic company 26.5% 26.5% 547
Personal/family needs not currently being met 21.7% 21.7% 448
Desire to join a startup company 12.2% 12.2% 253
More job stability 26.5% 26.5% 548
Move to a different geographical area 19.3% 19.3% 398
Don't like present company's management/culture 18.1% 18.1% 373
Seeking less stress 16.7% 16.7% 345
Seeking more personal fulfillment 29.8% 29.8% 616
Fear of being laid off from present job 13.0% 13.0% 268
Current job requirements no longer match my skills or interests 13.5% 13.5% 279
Other 9.4% 9.4% 194

C8. What is your status regarding new employment? Responses: 2137
Actively seeking a new position 8.9% 8.9% 191
Not actively seeking, but would follow-up if I read or heard about an interesting opportunity 32.2% 32.2% 689
Not actively seeking, but would follow-up only if personally approached with an interesting opportunity 33.9% 33.9% 724
Cannot envision changing jobs in the foreseeable future 24.9% 24.9% 533

C9. Does your company outsource engineering work? Responses: 2132
Yes 57.4% 57.4% 1224
No 42.6% 42.6% 908

C10. Where is this work being outsourced? (select all that apply) Responses: 1208
Other locations in the U.S. 59.8% 59.8% 722
Canada 9.0% 9.0% 109
Mexico 7.5% 7.5% 91
South America 3.2% 3.2% 39
Europe 17.9% 17.9% 216
Pacific Rim 12.6% 12.6% 152
China 25.9% 25.9% 313
India 30.8% 30.8% 372
Other 7.0% 7.0% 84

C11. What types of engineering work is your company outsourcing? (select all that apply) Responses: 1216
R&D 28.6% 28.6% 348
Software development 53.5% 53.5% 650
Incoming inspection 4.8% 4.8% 58
Design 55.8% 55.8% 678
Manufacturing/assembly 62.4% 62.4% 759
Final test 24.1% 24.1% 293
Other 7.2% 7.2% 87

C12. Does your company plan to outsource engineering work in the future? Responses: 907
Yes 10.4% 10.4% 94
No 89.6% 89.6% 813

C13. Where will these jobs be outsourced? (select all that apply) Responses: 91
Other locations in the U.S. 47.3% 47.3% 43
Canada 7.7% 7.7% 7
Mexico 6.6% 6.6% 6
South America 6.6% 6.6% 6
Europe 19.8% 19.8% 18
Pacific Rim 11.0% 11.0% 10
China 24.2% 24.2% 22
India 35.2% 35.2% 32
Other 5.5% 5.5% 5

C14. What types of engineering work will your company outsource? (select all that apply) Responses: 89
R&D 24.7% 24.7% 22
Software development 42.7% 42.7% 38
Incoming inspection 7.9% 7.9% 7
Design 36.0% 36.0% 32
Manufacturing/assembly 56.2% 56.2% 50
Final test 21.3% 21.3% 19
Other 6.7% 6.7% 6

C15. Who gets involved in making the decision whether or not to outsource engineering work at your company? (select all that apply) Responses: 2006
President/chairman/CEO 50.7% 50.7% 1017
Board of directors 17.5% 17.5% 351
CFO/other financial management 17.5% 17.5% 351
Other corporate management 30.4% 30.4% 609
Senior engineering management 47.4% 47.4% 950
Engineering management 30.2% 30.2% 606
Engineering 14.2% 14.2% 285
Purchasing 8.8% 8.8% 177
Outside consultant 2.6% 2.6% 52
Other 7.2% 7.2% 145

C16. What impact do you feel the current trend toward outsourcing is having on engineering professionals? (select all that apply) Responses: 1997
Few engineering jobs available 51.2% 51.2% 1022
New hires at reduced salaries 39.9% 39.9% 797
New hires to support outsourcing efforts 14.6% 14.6% 291
Salary reductions for employees 25.4% 25.4% 508
Fewer opportunities for advancement 39.5% 39.5% 788
Lower employee morale 47.6% 47.6% 951
Skills valued more 12.6% 12.6% 252
Skills valued less 36.1% 36.1% 720
Opportunity to work on more innovative projects as menial tasks are moved out of organization 21.5% 21.5% 429
It's an important aspect to global business growth 21.2% 21.2% 424
Other 8.7% 8.7% 173

C17. How concerned are you with the prospect of losing your job to outsourcing? Responses: 2061
Very concerned 5.4% 5.4% 111
Somewhat concerned 20.8% 20.8% 428
Not very concerned 36.4% 36.4% 751
Not at all concerned 37.4% 37.4% 771

C18. What is your personal view of outsourcing? How is it affecting the engineering profession, your company, etc? Responses: 1548



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section D: About Your Company

Questions in this section included:

  • D1. What state do you work in?
  • D2. What is the primary end product or service performed at your location?
  • D3. Approximately how many people work in your entire organization?
  • D4. What is the approximate gross annual revenue of your organization?

The responses broke down as follows:

D1. What state do you work in? Responses: 1710
Alabama 1.3% 1.3% 23
Alaska 0.2% 0.2% 4
Arizona 2.9% 2.9% 50
Arkansas 0.6% 0.6% 10
California 16.3% 16.3% 279
Colorado 2.7% 2.7% 47
Connecticut 1.6% 1.6% 28
District of Columbia 0.6% 0.6% 10
Delaware 0.5% 0.5% 8
Florida 4.3% 4.3% 74
Georgia 1.4% 1.4% 24
Hawaii 0.1% 0.1% 2
Idaho 0.8% 0.8% 13
Illinois 3.7% 3.7% 63
Indiana 1.8% 1.8% 31
Iowa 0.9% 0.9% 16
Kansas 0.4% 0.4% 7
Kentucky 0.6% 0.6% 11
Louisiana 0.3% 0.3% 5
Maine 0.2% 0.2% 4
Maryland 2.0% 2.0% 35
Massachusetts 5.0% 5.0% 86
Michigan 4.2% 4.2% 72
Minnesota 3.0% 3.0% 52
Mississippi 0.2% 0.2% 4
Missouri 1.1% 1.1% 18
Montana 0.4% 0.4% 7
North Carolina 1.9% 1.9% 32
North Dakota 0.2% 0.2% 4
Nebraska 0.3% 0.3% 5
New Hampshire 0.8% 0.8% 14
New Jersey 3.0% 3.0% 51
New Mexico 1.1% 1.1% 19
Nevada 1.1% 1.1% 18
New York 3.6% 3.6% 68
Ohio 2.7% 2.7% 47
Oklahoma 0.8% 0.8% 14
Oregon 2.0% 2.0% 34
Pennsylvania 3.6% 3.6% 61
Puerto Rico 0.2% 0.2% 4
Rhode Island 0.4% 0.4% 6
South Carolina 0.6% 0.6% 11
South Dakota 0.3% 0.3% 5
Tennessee 0.9% 0.9% 16
Texas 7.2% 7.2% 123
Utah 1.8% 1.8% 31
Vermont 0.2% 0.2% 3
Virginia 2.6% 2.6% 45
Washington 3.5% 3.5% 60
West Virginia 0.2% 0.2% 3
Wisconsin 2.6% 2.6% 44
Wyoming 0.5% 0.5% 9

D2. What is the primary end product or service performed at your location? (select one) Responses: 2031
Computer systems/boards/peripherals/software 7.2% 7.2% 146
Communications systems/equipment 11.1% 11.1% 226
Industrial controls systems/equipment 14.3% 14.3% 291
Test and measurement equipment 6.8% 6.8% 139
Medical electronics 6.2% 6.2% 125
Consumer electronics 6.3% 6.3% 127
Automotive electronics 4.1% 4.1% 84
Avionics/marine/space 6.4% 6.4% 130
Contract manufacturer 1.2% 1.2% 25
Government/military 10.8% 10.8% 219
Components and subassemblies 2.1% 2.1% 43
ICs and semiconductors 7.1% 7.1% 145
Other 16.3% 16.3% 331

D3. Approximately how many people work in your entire organization? Mean: 8545.67 Responses: 2074
50,000 or more 9.5% 9.5% 197
25,000-49,999 4.4% 4.4% 92
10,000-24,999 6.3% 6.3% 131
5000-9999 6.5% 6.5% 135
1000-4999 14.6% 14.6% 302
500-999 6.9% 6.9% 144
250-499 6.9% 6.9% 131
100-249 8.6% 8.6% 179
50-99 6.9% 6.9% 143
25-49 6.7% 6.7% 138
1-24 23.2% 23.2% 482

D4. What is the approximate gross annual revenue of your organization? Mean: 1,966,605,701.31 Responses: 1982
$10 billion or more 11.6% 11.6% 230
$5 billion - $9.9 billion 4.9% 4.9% 97
$1 billion - $4.9 billion 11.7% 11.7% 231
$500 million - $999.9 million 6.2% 6.2% 123
$100 million - $499.9 million 10.9% 10.9% 217
$50 million - $99.9 million 6.0% 6.0% 119
$25 million - $49.9 million 5.8% 5.8% 114
$10 million - $24.9 million 8.7% 8.7% 173
$5 million - $9 million 7.0% 7.0% 138
Less than $5 million 27.2% 27.2% 540



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section E: About You Personally

Questions in this section included:

  • E1. What is your approximate age?
  • E2. What is your gender?
  • E3. What is your current marital status?
  • E4. What is your principal race?
  • E5. Where were you born?
  • E6. Which one of the following best describes your highest level of education?
  • E7. What are some of the ways you continue your engineering education today?
  • E8. What are your favorite work-related Web sites?
  • E9. What do you expect your total compensation to be in 2006? Base salary; Bonuses; Stock &/or stock options; Other sources.
  • E10. How will your total 2006 compensation (salary, bonuses, etc.) compare to what you earned in 2005?
  • E11. Of the bonuses and other direct cash payments over and above base salary that you receive, please specify the primary reason(s) for them.
  • E12. Please specify the type(s) of non-cash and indirect cash rewards you expect to receive during the next 12 months.
  • E13. Do you feel your company adequately compensates you for the work you do?
  • E14. If no, approximately what percentage increase in pay do you feel would bring you to a fair compensation level for the job you do?
  • E15. Generally speaking, in what ways have compensation policies and procedures changed for engineers at your organization during the past year? Are you being asked to shoulder more of the responsibility for the costs of benefits (i.e., health insurance)? How have incentive programs changed? Are these new methods of compensation temporary, or permanent?

The responses broke down as follows:

E1. What is your approximate age? Mean: 46.51 Responses: 2040
Under 20 0.2% 0.2% 4
20-24 1.9% 1.9% 39
25-29 6.1% 6.1% 124
30-34 6.5% 6.5% 132
35-39 9.7% 9.7% 197
40-44 14.2% 14.2% 289
45-49 18.1% 18.1% 369
50-54 17.3% 17.3% 352
55-59 12.3% 12.3% 250
60 or older 13.9% 13.9% 284

E2. What is your gender? Responses: 2033
Male 97.2% 97.2% 1976
Female 2.8% 2.8% 57

E3. What is your current marital status? Responses: 2027
Single, never married 14.8% 14.8% 300
Single, divorced or widowed 6.8% 6.8% 138
Separated from spouse 1.1% 1.1% 22
Married 77.3% 77.3% 1567

E4. What is your principal race? Responses: 2013
White 81.5% 81.5% 1641
Hispanic or Latino 3.1% 3.1% 62
Black or African American 1.7% 1.7% 34
American Indian or Alaska native 0.4% 0.4% 9
Asian 10.4% 10.4% 210
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1% 2
Some other race 0.9% 0.9% 19
A mix of different races 1.8% 1.8% 36

E5. Where were you born? Responses: 2029
United States 69.2% 69.2% 1404
Canada 3.6% 3.6% 73
Mexico 0.9% 0.9% 19
Central/South America 2.0% 2.0% 40
Middle East 1.2% 1.2% 24
Asia/Pacific 11.1% 11.1% 225
Europe 11.0% 11.0% 224
Africa 1.0% 1.0% 20

E6. Which one of the following best describes your highest level of education? Responses: 2029
High school or less 0.9% 0.9% 18
Attended college 7.9% 7.9% 161
Associates degree 7.9% 7.9% 162
Bachelors degree 29.1% 29.1% 594
Bachelors plus graduate studies 19.0% 19.0% 387
Masters degree 27.6% 27.6% 564
Doctoral degree 7.5% 7.5% 154

E7. What are some of the ways you continue your engineering education today? (select all that apply) Responses: 2029
In-classroom college courses 15.0% 15.0% 305
Online college courses 13.0% 13.0% 264
Seminars 63.1% 63.1% 1279
Webinars (online seminars) 45.3% 45.3% 918
User group meetings 18.4% 18.4% 373
Engineering association sponsored meetings 25.2% 25.2% 511
White papers 54.5% 54.5% 1105
Vendor-sponsored education (seminars, Webcasts, etc.) 43.6% 43.6% 883
Trade show/conferences 48.0% 48.0% 972
Engineering text books 62.2% 62.2% 1261
E-books (online textbook downloads) 29.6% 29.6% 601
In-house educational programs sponsored by your company 26.4% 26.4% 536
Online chat rooms (blogs, engineering chat areas, etc.) 9.4% 9.4% 190
Engineering/technology publications 83.5% 83.5% 1693
Other 6.7% 6.7% 135

E8. What are your favorite work-related Web sites? Responses: 1001

E9. What is the approximate gross annual revenue of your organization?

Base salary
Mean: 87,394.94 Responses: 1856
$300,000 or more 1.0% 1.0% 19
$250,000 - $299,000 0.3% 0.3% 5
$200,000 - $249,000 0.6% 0.6% 12
$150,000 - $199,000 3.2% 3.2% 60
$125,000 - $149,999 7.1% 7.1% 132
$100,000 - $124,999 18.6% 18.6% 345
$90,000 - $99,999 9.3% 9.3% 173
$80,000 - $89,999 11.2% 11.2% 207
$70,000 - $79,999 12.1% 12.1% 224
$60,000 - $69,999 9.4% 9.4% 175
$50,000 - $59,999 8.6% 8.6% 159
$40,000 - $49,999 5.9% 5.9% 110
$30,000 - $39,999 5.0% 5.0% 93
Under $30,000 7.7% 7.7% 142

Bonuses Mean: 3624.68 Responses: 1540
$10,000 or more 15.5% 15.5% 238
$9000 1.3% 1.3% 20
$8000 2.7% 2.7% 42
$7000 2.5% 2.5% 38
$6000 2.5% 2.5% 38
$5000 8.1% 8.1% 124
$4000 4.2% 4.2% 65
$3000 6.1% 6.1% 94
$2000 9.7% 9.7% 149
$1000 or less 47.5% 47.5% 732



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section E: About You Personally

Questions in this section included:

  • E1. What is your approximate age?
  • E2. What is your gender?
  • E3. What is your current marital status?
  • E4. What is your principal race?
  • E5. Where were you born?
  • E6. Which one of the following best describes your highest level of education?
  • E7. What are some of the ways you continue your engineering education today?
  • E8. What are your favorite work-related Web sites?
  • E9. What do you expect your total compensation to be in 2006? Base salary; Bonuses; Stock &/or stock options; Other sources.
  • E10. How will your total 2006 compensation (salary, bonuses, etc.) compare to what you earned in 2005?
  • E11. Of the bonuses and other direct cash payments over and above base salary that you receive, please specify the primary reason(s) for them.
  • E12. Please specify the type(s) of non-cash and indirect cash rewards you expect to receive during the next 12 months.
  • E13. Do you feel your company adequately compensates you for the work you do?
  • E14. If no, approximately what percentage increase in pay do you feel would bring you to a fair compensation level for the job you do?
  • E15. Generally speaking, in what ways have compensation policies and procedures changed for engineers at your organization during the past year? Are you being asked to shoulder more of the responsibility for the costs of benefits (i.e., health insurance)? How have incentive programs changed? Are these new methods of compensation temporary, or permanent?

The responses broke down as follows:

Stock &/or stock options Mean: 2502.58 Responses: 1164
$10,000 or more 10.1% 10.1% 117
$9000 0.6% 0.6% 7
$8000 1.6% 1.6% 19
$7000 0.7% 0.7% 8
$6000 0.6% 0.6% 7
$5000 5.2% 5.2% 61
$4000 2.3% 2.3% 27
$3000 2.6% 2.6% 30
$2000 3.4% 3.4% 39
$1000 or less 72.9% 72.9% 849

Other sources Mean: 2796.84 Responses: 886
$10,000 or more 13.2% 13.2% 117
$9000 0.9% 0.9% 8
$8000 1.4% 1.4% 12
$7000 0.7% 0.7% 6
$6000 0.9% 0.9% 8
$5000 5.2% 5.2% 46
$4000 1.6% 1.6% 14
$3000 2.5% 2.5% 22
$2000 5.1% 5.1% 45
$1000 or less 68.6% 68.6% 608

E10. How will your total 2006 compensation (salary, bonuses, etc.) compare to what you earned in 2005? Mean: 3.00 Responses: 1886
Increase by 10% or more 15.2% 15.2% 287
Increase by 9% 0.6% 0.6% 11
Increase by 8% 1.9% 1.9% 35
Increase by 7% 1.9% 1.9% 35
Increase by 6% 2.6% 2.6% 49
Increase by 5% 10.6% 10.6% 199
Increase by 4% 8.9% 8.9% 168
Increase by 3% 15.6% 15.6% 295
Increase by 2% 9.2% 9.2% 173
Increase by 1% 3.6% 3.6% 68
Remain the same 21.7% 21.7% 409
Decrease by 1% 0.5% 0.5% 9
Decrease by 2% 1.0% 1.0% 18
Decrease by 3% 0.5% 0.5% 9
Decrease by 4% 0.7% 0.7% 13
Decrease by 5% 0.8% 0.8% 15
Decrease by 6% 0.3% 0.3% 6
Decrease by 7% 0.2% 0.2% 3
Decrease by 8% 0.0% 0.0% 0
Decrease by 9% 0.2% 0.2% 4
Decrease by 10% or more 4.2% 4.2% 80

E11. Of the bonuses and other direct cash payments over and above base salary that you receive, please specify the primary reason(s) for them. (select all that apply) Responses: 1573
Personal performance 55.4% 55.4% 871
Performance of company or division 51.4% 51.4% 809
Patent awards 12.7% 12.7% 200
Project milestone completion 10.3% 10.3% 162
Certification/training 4.6% 4.6% 73
Company profit sharing 27.0% 27.0% 425
Signing bonus 1.9% 1.9% 30
Retention bonus 4.5% 4.5% 71
Other 11.7% 11.7% 184

E12. Please specify the type(s) of non-cash and indirect cash rewards you expect to receive during the next 12 months. (select all that apply) Responses: 1646
Stock options 20.8% 20.8% 342
401(k) match 54.3% 54.3% 893
Day care or day care subsidy 1.8% 1.8% 30
Sabbatical/extended vacation 3.2% 3.2% 52
Stock purchase plan 18.4% 18.4% 303
Health benefits 61.9% 61.9% 1019
Further education/training 25.0% 25.0% 412
Company car or car allowance 8.4% 8.4% 138
Tuition reimbursement 17.9% 17.9% 294
Company-paid phone/fax/cable modem/DSL lines 14.5% 14.5% 238
Certification reimbursement 4.5% 4.5% 74
Health club membership 7.7% 7.7% 127
Pension plan 23.5% 23.5% 386
Professional organization dues 16.5% 16.5% 272
Time off 38.8% 38.8% 638
Other 5.1% 5.1% 84

E13. Do you feel your company adequately compensates you for the work you do? Responses: 1972
Yes 60.5% 60.5% 1193
No 39.5% 39.5% 779

E14. If no, approximately what percentage increase in pay do you feel would bring you to a fair compensation level for the job you do? Mean: 20.38 Responses: 875
1% - 5% 5.9% 5.9% 52
6% - 10% 20.0% 20.0% 175
11% - 15% 18.7% 18.7% 164
16% - 20% 18.3% 18.3% 160
21% - 25% 13.1% 13.1% 115
26% - 30% 5.8% 5.8% 51
31% - 35% 2.1% 2.1% 18
36% - 40% 2.5% 2.5% 22
41% - 45% 1.1% 1.1% 10
46% - 50% 3.8% 3.8% 33
More than 50% 8.6% 8.6% 75

E15. Generally speaking, in what ways have compensation policies and procedures changed for engineers at your organization during the past year? Are you being asked to shoulder more of the responsibility for the costs of benefits (i.e., health insurance)? How have incentive programs changed? Are these new methods of compensation temporary, or permanent? Responses: 1244



Total number of respondents: 2597.

Section F-H: Views On Immigration

Questions in this section included:

  • F1. Are you a U.S. citizen?
  • G1. Do you have H-1B visa status?
  • G2. In what country did you receive your education?
  • G3. How long have you been working in the U.S.?
  • G4. What are the primary reasons why your company hires engineers with H-1B status?
  • G5. Are you continuing your education while here in the U.S.?
  • G6. Which of the following best describes your plans for the future?
  • G7. Generally speaking, was your coming to the U.S. a good career decision?
  • G8. Why?
  • H1. Does your company hire engineers with H-1B status?
  • H2. Do you believe that H-1B visa holders are sometimes hired at your company ahead of other engineers?
  • H3. What are the primary reasons why your company hires engineers with H-1B status?
  • H4. Have you ever lost out on a job opportunity or felt that your job was threatened by someone with H-1B status?
  • H5. Do you think the government should more tightly restrict the number of H-1B slots for engineering positions?
  • H6. Given the opportunity, how would you change guest worker policies or legislation in the U.S.?

The responses broke down as follows:

F1. Are you a U.S. citizen? Responses: 2048
Yes 75.8% 75.8% 1552
No 24.2% 24.2% 496

G1. Do you have H-1B visa status? Responses: 429
Yes 10.3% 10.3% 44
No 89.7% 89.7% 385

G2. In what country did you receive your education? Responses: 407

G3. How long have you been working in the U.S.? Mean: 4.29 Responses: 179
10 years or more 15.6% 15.6% 28
9 years 5.0% 5.0% 9
8 years 5.6% 5.6% 10
7 years 3.9% 3.9% 7
6 years 8.9% 8.9% 16
5 years 3.9% 3.9% 7
4 years 3.4% 3.4% 6
3 years 3.9% 3.9% 7
2 years 7.3% 7.3% 13
1 year or less 42.5% 42.5% 76

G4. What are the primary reasons why your company hires engineers with H-1B status? (select all that apply) Responses: 203
To save money 30.0% 30.0% 61
Can't find engineers who are qualified for the open positions 35.0% 35.0% 71
They are more qualified than other engineers applying for the job 26.6% 26.6% 54
For cultural insights into designing products for overseas markets 11.3% 11.3% 23
Other 27.1% 27.1% 55

G5. Are you continuing your education while here in the U.S.? Responses: 260
Yes 24.6% 24.6% 64
No 75.4% 75.4% 196

G6. Which of the following best describes your plans for the future? Responses: 245
Return to my home country 29.4% 29.4% 72
Become a U.S. citizen 32.7% 32.7% 80
Other 38.0% 38.0% 93

G7. Generally speaking, was your coming to the U.S. a good career decision? Responses: 218
Yes 68.3% 68.3% 149
No 31.7% 31.7% 69

G8. Why? Responses: 184

H1. Does your company hire engineers with H-1B status? Responses: 1464
Yes 45.4% 45.4% 665
No 54.6% 54.6% 799

H2. Do you believe that H-1B visa holders are sometimes hired at your company ahead of other engineers? Responses: 1381
Yes 18.8% 18.8% 260
No 81.2% 81.2% 1121

H3. What are the primary reasons why your company hires engineers with H-1B status? (select all that apply) Responses: 866
To save money 38.2% 38.2% 331
Can't find engineers who are qualified for the open positions 37.3% 37.3% 323
They are more qualified than other engineers applying for the job 19.1% 19.1% 165
For cultural insights into designing products for overseas markets 11.7% 11.7% 101
Other 20.1% 20.1% 174

H4. Have you ever lost out on a job opportunity or felt that your job was threatened by someone with H-1B status? Responses: 1432
Felt threatened 6.0% 6.0% 86
Lost a job 4.1% 4.1% 59
Neither 89.9% 89.9% 1287

H5. Do you think the government should more tightly restrict the number of H-1B slots for engineering positions? Responses: 1418
Yes 56.8% 56.8% 806
No 43.2% 43.2% 612

H6. Given the opportunity, how would change guest worker policies or legislation in the U.S.? Responses: 887



Total number of respondents: 2597.

A cross-tab analysis is also available online.

Section I: R&D Trends

Questions in this section included:

  • I1. Does your organization receive government funding for research and development?
  • I2. In what technology areas do you believe the government should be increasing its R&D investments?
  • I3. In what other ways do you believe the government should be investing in R&D?
  • I4. Does your organization participate in university R&D projects?

The responses broke down as follows:

I1. Does your organization receive government funding for research and development? Responses: 1925
Yes 34.1% 34.1% 657
No 65.9% 65.9% 1268

I2. In what technology areas do you believe the government should be increasing its R&D investments? (select all that apply) Responses: 1867
Alternative power 82.6% 82.6% 1543
Homeland Security 36.9% 36.9% 689
GIS/GPS location-aware computing 13.5% 13.5% 252
Nanotechnology 46.8% 46.8% 873
Telemedicine 22.3% 22.3% 416
Broadband infrastructure 30.6% 30.6% 571
Bio-computing 22.4% 22.4% 419
Supercomputing 18.3% 18.3% 342
Robotics 31.3% 31.3% 585
Other 12.6% 12.6% 235

I3. In what other ways do you believe the government should be investing in R&D? Responses: 760

I4. Does your organization participate in university R&D projects? Responses: 1901
Yes 44.0% 44.0% 836
No 56.0% 56.0% 1065



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