Here is an interesting chart compiled from VDC’s embedded engineering survey from the last three years. The 2008 / 2009 recession and unpredictable economy caused many OEMs to lower spending by reducing development staffs and delaying or canceling project starts. This situation clearly created a grim perception of the health of the job market for many embedded engineers in 2009.
Fast forward two years. An improving economy and new project starts at OEMs has embedded engineers feeling more positive on the health of the job market.
This type 0f 2011 survey data and more will be available from our Track 2, Embedded System Engineering Survey Data series of syndicated reports which are scheduled for publication in August 2011.