Arkansas is the Natural State, and boasts of pristine rivers, lakes, forests, minerals and picturesque friendly communities. The larger cities have grown steadily, offering resources of most modern cities. All these many resources need to be managed with infrastructure, planning and vision to the future.
Positions in all areas of engineering are available to meet the future challenges unique to the state. Arkansas colleges and universities are scattered throughout the state and reflect the wide variety of local communities and areas.
According to the U.S. Burear of Labor and Statistics, Arkansas’ employment rate for engineering has grown 4.6%, with computer hardware engineers leading the way at 31%.
Here are some of the largest employeers of engineering professionals in the state of Arkansas: Walmart Stores Inc., O K Transportation, Whirlpool Corp., UAMS Medical Center, Sam’s Club Div., Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. and Verizon Wireless.
Arkansas Engineering Education Programs
The 13 schools in Arkansas range from technical schools offering certificates to Ph.D.’s at several universities. Schools are located throughout the state, from the Ozark Mountains to the Mississippi delta, in cities, small towns and rural areas, for your preference. Each school offers assistance with financial aid and scholarships specific to that school. Several of the scholarships available are the AR Hi-Tech Scholarship and the Society of American Military AR Post Scholarships.
Outlook for Engineering Jobs in Arkansas
Arkansas offers many environments and opportunities. Most of the state is populated by small town communities and rural areas. Engineering positions exist throughout the state, but especially in the larger towns and cities, like Little Rock. The mean annual wage is $60,940.00 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011 and respectful of the cost of living of the state and smaller communities. Engineerjobs.com and Indeed.com are several web sites listing many opportunities.