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Employment for mechanical engineers is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Although overall employment in manufacturing is expected to decline, engineers will be needed to meet the demand for more efficient industrial machinery and machine tools. The DOL predicts good opportunities for mechanical engineers who are involved with new technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, and materials science. It should also be noted that increases in defense spending as a result of the U.S. government's attempts to combat terrorism may create improved employment opportunities for engineers within the federal government.