Job prospects for metallurgical engineering trained graduates and people looking for employment has never been better, even during these tough economic times. Of course, during booming economic times, employers were willing to give sign on bonuses and all other kinds of perquisites to lure metallurgical engineers to accept their job offers. Things are a bit different now, but the opportunities for locating metallurgical engineering jobs still abound if you are willing to do the work to research them out and work at finding yourself gainful employment in this exciting field. In this article we will briefly outline certain areas that are often overlooked.The best paying metallurgical engineering jobs are those that are involved either with cutting edge technologies or those that deal with reliability issues wherein danger to life and limb could result from improper materials technology. This is the guiding principle that one can follow in locating metallurgical engineering jobs that pay very well. We will now proceed to apply these principles in helping to locate such industries which you need to target in your job search efforts in order to settle for the highest salary and benefits. At the top of the list is the United States of America, with its vast research laboratories in academic universities, national institutions as well as non-research opportunities in aerospace and medical industries as well as the standard commercial industrial base. Following the top slot is Japan, primarily focusing on industrial metallurgy and advanced films and coatings. Japan has a sizeable industrial base as is well known, but a tremendous amount of research opportunities exist in the coatings technologies that they have concentrated upon.In the case of metallurgical engineering jobs, one method of invoking such planning involves trying to get into industries that are in the service business rather than in the fabricating and production businesses. Service industries that provide a service to a large segment of the market that demands immediate attention are generally more difficult to be sent overseas thereby making off shoring a more complicated issue. Certain functions in plasma coating companies are repetitive in nature. While the actual coating of hardware may not be possible to be outsourced because of very rapid turnaround times demanded by customers and the necessity of having proximity to customer sites, there are some things that can be outsourced to gain efficiencies and lowered costs especially by using the power of the internet.It is the market forces that have determined that it is more effective to purchase these manufactured goods from overseas sources than to manufacture them domestically. The common perception is that it is the corporate high level management alone with its short term focus that is responsible for the shift to overseas manufacturing based simply on the lower labor rates. That is only one reason for this situation.Thus the combination of certain tasks in the thermal spray engineering function that are quite repetitive along with the highly skilled talent available at a lower cost in India, gives an opportunity to coatings companies to reduce their engineering costs by way of outsourcing to India.