Career Outlook

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 11 percent over through 2018, varying by specialty. For example, prospects will be excellent in areas such as biomedical (72 percent growth), environmental (31 percent), and civil (24 percent).

In addition, many openings will be created by the need to replace current engineers who retire, take different positions, or leave engineering for other reasons.

The Handbook also notes that it is important for engineers to pursue further education throughout their careers, because much of their value to employers depends on their knowledge of the latest technology. Staying current enables engineers to deliver the best solutions and greatest value to employers.

Salary Outlook

Average starting salary offers for graduates of bachelor’s degree programs in engineering (by specialty), according to a July 2009 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, were: 

 Engineering Specialty Average Starting Salary 
Petroleum $83,121
Chemical $64,902
Computer $61,738
Electrical/Electronics and Communicaions $60,125
Mechanical $58,766
Industrial/Manufacturing $58,358
Materials $57,349
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical $56,311
Bioengineering and Biomedical $54,158
Civil $52,048