Industry Sector


Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering. 

It’s an exciting and varied industry offering careers in range of sectors, including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction. You won’t always be sitting at a desk – you could be working in a laboratory, at sea, underground or in a recording studio. If you’re a creative problem solver who likes a challenge, then this industry could be for you. 

The industry now

  • About 146,000 people work in the engineering industry in Scotland 
  • For the year 2020, the median advertised salary for jobs in this industry was £33,000 
  • Engineering contributes an estimated £8,938m to the Scottish economy  
  • There are around 15,670 businesses operating in engineering currently 


*Information provided by Oxford Economics, Burning Glass Technologies, and Scottish Enterprise

The future

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the jobs market is constantly changing. All future figures are estimated:

  • The industry needs an estimated 5,100 jobs to be replaced or created between 2020 and 2023 
  • Requirement is predicted to grow to 5,500 jobs between 2023 and 2030 
  • Teamwork, project management, customer services are some of the skills that are valuable for working within the sector