On Sunday (19 April), Fortune magazine unveiled this year’s list of the 500 largest corporations in the United States. While most news headlines talked of Exxon-Mobil edging out Wal-Mart for the top spot, Fortune did identify which companies among the top 100 on the list are still hiring, including some enterprises looking for engineers and scientists.
Many of the technology companies, according to Fortune, are hiring engineers; among them are Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Motorola. A few defense and aerospace contractors are also hiring engineers: Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, and General Dynamics. Johnson Controls,
a manufacturer of components for automotive, construction, and power
systems says it has 750 openings, most of which are related to energy
For scientific jobs, the pharmaceutical company Abbot Laboratories has openings in clinical research and hospital operator HCA is hiring clinical technicians. Even the job market for “quants” in the financial services industry, once a leading alternative career for scientists, may be picking up again. The Fortune list of hiring companies includes Prudential Financial seeking help in market research and analysis, and auto/home lender GMAC with openings in “finance, compliance, risk and treasury.”