Excerpted from the Norway Career Guide
It’s a great time to be an engineer in Norway. Norway's premier global position in oil and gas exploration and production is good news for professional engineers and research and development scientists. In addition, the country’s process, maritime and renewable energy industries are all clamoring for skilled engineers, within all disciplines, to run their growing businesses. TEKNA, Norway’s largest professional society for graduate professionals with master’s degrees or higher in technical, scientific or research fields, has nearly 60,000 members.
While hiring of engineers dropped off during the height of the recession, recruiting has taken off again. A recent article by the engineering association IEEE is titled “European job outlook bright: markets, economy drive engineering jobs.” After serious downsizing, companies across Europe are ramping up their engineering staff—and finding themselves in a ‘war for talent.’ Graduate and experienced engineers in all disciplines are being heavily recruited, and Norway is leading the way.
However, this headline says it all; Norway is facing an “Alarming shortage of engineers.” Norway’s employers are definitely feeling the crunch as they compete for top engineers. It is currently short 16,000 engineers, more than twice as many as last year. Particularly critical is the demand for civil and petroleum engineers. In the oil and gas sector alone, more than 92 percent of employers are having a difficult time filling key engineering slots.
Organizations and Trade Associations
Den Polytekniske Forening
The Polytechnic Society
PF (Den Polytekniske Forening) was started in 1852 as a meeting place for professionals within engineering-related industries. Since that time PF has been an important special interest group for engineering professionals. It focuses on engineering communication and is one of the owners of the company publishing Teknisk Ukeblad, the oldest engineering magazine in the world. PF arranges seminars with high-profile executives and politicians who are members in PF, covering different areas of the engineering field, such as management, offshore and electronics, and IT.
Den Polytekniske Forening
C N-0159 Oslo
Tel: +47 23 19 93 00
Fax: +47 23 19 93 01
Ingeniøer-Nytt is Norway’s largest polytechnic newspaper for the engineering community. It features news items, articles and interviews covering a wide range of industrial sectors such as building and construction, consultancy engineering, CAD/CAM, electronics and electro-technology, energy, automation, oil and gas, plastics and rubber, workshops and economic issues. Readers are provided with coverage of Norway’s technology sector, leading personalities in the Norwegian trade and industry sectors, and government departments. Ingeniøer-Nytt is published 26 times per year.
New Engineering AS
PO Box 164
Tel: +47 67 16 34 99
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Norway Guide.