I have been a contract design engineer for 10 years. Since 2008, the number of jobs have been declining consistently on a quarterly basis. I have also seen the contract rates for senior design engineers drop to the lowest level I have ever seen. Job descriptions are becoming more encompassing of high tech skills and the rates are out of line with the job requirements. Lucrative government contracts are now gone and the government is focused on entitlement programs which do not add value to the economy. Where are the jobs? That is the question! I think they are going oversees to India.