China’s engineers are more likely to join a start-up than Americans

Posted: 10.01.07

Chinese engineers are younger, less-educated, unhappier in their current jobs and more likely to join a startup than their American counterparts according to survey released today comparing the hopes and dreams of engineers on either side of the Pacific.

Chinese engineers also reported lower levels of education. A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering was the predominant job ticket in both countries,
and 37 percent of the Chinese had that credential compared with 45 percent of U.S. respondents. Among Chinese engineers, 13 percent reported having master’s degrees in electrical engineering,compared with 25 percent of their counterparts in the United States.

When it comes to engineers, the people designing bridges, buildings, and semiconductors, I’m a big believer in quality over quantity. The article probably goes a long way to ease the fears of westerners scared to death of Chinese engineering talent but considering that China is producing close to 600,000 a year compared to the US’s 70,000, it looks like China has got the power of numbers on its side too. At least they’re unhappy, right?—CRD