GlobalSpec Survey Shows Professionals Increasing Work, Research, and Product Search Online

Mar 24, 2009

Engineering, technical, and industrial professionals are still working on specific types of projects, and specifying and purchasing products and services despite the economy, according to results of the 2009 GlobalSpec Economic Outlook Survey. More than 3800 GlobalSpec registered users, comprised of engineering, technical, industrial, and manufacturing professionals, completed the survey. Results indicate that the industrial audience is performing an increasing amount of work, research, and product search online. Forty-two percent of engineers and technical professionals spend six or more hours per week on the internet for work-related purposes, and 62% visit six or more work-related web sites each week. Online media represents four of the top five resources used by engineers to search for suppliers, products, components and services, and 46% of respondents read e-newsletters at least daily or several times per week. The survey shows that engineering and technical professionals will be spending more time and effort entering new markets, researching future projects, saving energy and working on new product design and development.