Engineers increasingly rely on Web for work purposes: GlobalSpec

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Troy, N.Y.—The use of traditional media outlets by engineering, technical and industrial professionals continues to lose ground to online sources, according to the fifth annual GlobalSpec Engineering Trends Survey.

The survey, the results of which were released Thursday, garnered 455 responses from executives involved in the purchasing of technical products and services.

Ninety-one percent of respondents reported using the Internet to find components and suppliers, while 90% said they have obtained product specifications online. In addition, 82% of respondents reported using the Internet for research compared with 68% a year earlier.

Tech buyers are also spending more time online for work purposes; 45% of respondents said they spend six hours or more per week online, and 79% use two or more search engines when using the Internet for work.

Still, while engineers are using the Web more often to do their jobs, some new media have not yet taken hold. According to the survey, 84% of respondents have never viewed a podcast for work-related purposes, while just 39% said they viewed a Webinar or webcast in the past year.

—Matthew Schwartz

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