Career Outlook

Growth Expected Through 2018 for Mechanical Engineering

Employment growth in mechanical engineering disciplines is expected to be as high as 13 percent through 2018, according to the US Department of Labor’s O*Net Online. The table below reveals projected employment and salary data by discipline.

Mechanical Engineering
Median wages (2010) $37.58 hourly, $78,160 annual
Employment (2008) 239,000 employees
Projected growth (2008-2018)   3% to 6%
Projected job openings (2008-2018) 75,700
Top industries (2008) Manufacturing; professional, scientific, and technical services
Manufacturing Engineering
Median wages (2010) $43.40 hourly, $90,270 annual
Employment (2008) 183,000 employees
Projected growth (2008-2018) 7% to 13%
Projected job openings (2008-2018) 50,200
Top industries (2008) Manufacturing; professional, scientific, and technical services
Materials Engineering
Median wages (2010) $39.96 hourly, $83,120 annual
Employment (2008) 24,000 employees
Projected growth (2008-2018) 7% to 13%
Projected job openings (2008-2018) 8,100
Top industries (2008) Manufacturing; professional, scientific, and technical services
Aerospace Engineering
Median wages (2010) $46.86 hourly, $97,480 annual
Employment (2008) 72,000 employees
Projected growth (2008-2018) 7% to 13%
Projected job openings (2008-2018) 22,300
Top industries (2008) Manufacturing; professional, scientific, and technical services