If you're looking for a job in the autonomous vehicles sector, you're in luck: autonomous vehicle job postings in the US increased by more than 800% between 2015 and 2019, while industry job searches increased by 450% over the same period, according to new research by Indeed.
The company dug into its data to find out which employers are posting the greatest number of autonomous vehicle jobs. While there has been a dip in postings over the last year, this is likely to indicate stabilisation in the field, said Indeed, which found that technology company Aptiv is leading the field for the second year in a row. The firm accounted for just over a fifth of US autonomous vehicle postings, far ahead of the next employer on the list. In second place for autonomous vehicle jobs was Nvidia, which makes both hardware and software for self-driving vehicles.
The other leading employers for autonomous vehicle jobs came from a mix of technology companies – SAIC Innovation Center, Bosch and Cruise Automation – and carmakers Daimler AG and General Motors.
Indeed also looked at which metro areas had the greatest demand for autonomous vehicle jobs, by analysing job postings by city to find the hubs with the largest share of autonomous vehicle jobs in the US.
Leading the field for the second year was the San Jose metro area, also known as Silicon Valley, which the company found is home to almost a third of the autonomous vehicle jobs in the US. Technology companies based there include Nvidia and SAIC Innovation Center.
In second and third place were two Rust Belt cities – Pittsburgh and Detroit. Autonomous vehicle technology firms Aptiv, Aurora and Argo all have offices in Pittsburgh, while Detroit is home to carmakers Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, all of whom are investing in developing autonomous vehicle technologies.
Other popular cities for autonomous vehicle jobs are distributed along both coasts, found the research, reflecting a common trend in technology employment, with San Francisco at number four, Portland at number five and Boston in sixth place.