When Industrial Heating (with assistance from BNP Media Market Research) conducts our annual “State of the Profession” survey, we ask qualified subscribers a variety of job-related questions. 

Several questions grab the headlines. “What is your annual salary?” “How many hours per week do you work?” People want to know the answers to these queries, both out of curiosity and to see how their replies to the same questions compare. 

Our survey always asks, “Overall, how satisfied are you with your job?” Another popular inquiry wants to find out how willing a company is to embrace new technology in today’s ever-evolving business world. 

These are all interesting questions that garner interesting – and informative – responses. But what about the inquiries that don’t attract as much attention? The ones that don’t provide solid numbers or other easily quantifiable data?

For example, we asked qualified subscribers what skills they would like to develop during the next year. We received a wide range of responses, but two stood out. Time management (37%) and problem-solving (31%) were the only options mentioned by over 30% of respondents. Two more were cited by over 20% of respondents: certifications (24%) and teamwork (23%). Other skills mentioned include: public speaking (19%), writing reports/proposals (15%), employee supervision (14%) and accounting (12%). The most frequently cited write-in skill was computer programming. 

Another topic we wanted to broach in this year’s survey is what matters most to workers …
and what most worries them. So, we asked qualified subscribers to rank the top five most-important attributes in their current position and the top five concerns in regard to their job. The responses may or may not surprise you. 

The most important job attributes included: feeling of accomplishment (66%), technical challenge (55%), ability to try new/creative approaches (40%), good relationship with colleagues (38%), salary (36%) and job security (29%). The biggest job concerns, meanwhile, were economic conditions (52%), improving skills (51%), management support (47%), keeping current on technology (40%) and operating budget (37%). One interesting takeaway is that salary and job security were also mentioned as job concerns. 

What does it all mean? That’s up to individual interpretation. But the goal of our survey is to find out more about the current state of employment in the thermal-processing industry, and we believe we have done so once again. Read the full article on page 40 for more about the survey.


Heat Treat 2017

This is our show issue for ASM’s Heat Treat 2017. You can find out more about the event on page 74. Industrial Heating will be in attendance at booth #2834, so please stop by our booth and say hello.