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Employment of engineering technicians is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Computer-aided design allows individual technicians to increase productivity, thereby limiting job growth. Some companies are building factories and research facilities abroad to reduce costs. This trend will most negatively affect employment for technicians in electronics- and computer-related specialties. Moving jobs out of the country is harder to do in environmental, civil, and industrial specialties, which means that employment will be better for technicians in these fields. Employment for environmental engineering technicians will grow much faster than average. Faster-than-average employment is expected for civil engineering technicians, and employment for industrial engineering technicians will grow about as fast as the average.
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