The American people, where are you ?
I designer on the Creo program, but I do not know if it is important in the job market!
I want a job as a mechanical designer in the American market, how the way to it!
I am from Jordan - Amman
It would depend on the job for what is used. Creo is used all the time here, although it seems like SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor are more popular. I work in the Aerospace industry and depending on the customers requirements they may want the native files in any one of those 3 formats. I have all three installed currently.
As far as how to get into the field...there is a high demand for designers. Depending on the field you may need to be a US citizen due to ITAR restrictions. Outside of Military and Aerospace it shouldn't be hard to land a gig. Set up a profile on Linked- In...
The other key point is that you have to be a designer first. The software is second.
Just because you can use the tool does not mean you can design a good, cheap, manufacturable part.
For example: All of us can use Microsoft Word...but can we all now go write a best selling novel?
Creo is common here but it is mostly getting replsced by solidworks and inventor in several companies. I'd recommend trying to learn all three to get a better edge in the job market. I learned all 3 in college and it was very beneficial. Software knowledge of these 3 programs or similar ones is a must have in today's job market here.
I'll agree with the others.
When I taught SOLIDWORKS classes, a lot of the students were coming from companies that switched from Pro-E to SOLIDWORKS. The choice was primarily made to save money. I'm not sure what the pricing differences are not, but back then they were able to get 4-6 seats of SW for 1 Pro-E seat.
More recently at the prototype and 3D printing company, I received models everyday from large and small companies. Some used a generic file like Step of Iges, but the majority of models I received were SOLIDWORKS files.
I think you may find that some companies, and even some industries will tend to use one CAD system more than another.
Knowing how to use the program is important, but knowing how to design parts which can be produced is more important.
If someone is brilliant with the software, but keeps designing parts with negative draft, undercuts, knife edges, thin and thick walls, or a dozen other problems, it really is not useful to have then do anything, except maybe teach how to use the software, but not how to design products.