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Related Careers

Average Salary


Varies Greatly

Aerospace Engineer


Chemical Engineer


Computer and Electronic Production

Higher than National Average

Environmental Engineer


Industrial/Mechanical Engineer

Starting salaries $45,000-$58,000

Manufacturing Engineer

Starting Salaries around $45,000

Oil and Gas Engineer

Around $45 per hour

Software Engineer

About $60 per hour

Facts at a glance

  • Engineering jobs are projected to grow faster than the national average through 2014.
  • Computer Engineering has was rated as the #1 career by in terms of things like growth, pay, stress level, and other factors.
  • Engineers in all fields earn an average of over $75,000.
  • Jobs in Network and Computer Engineering are predicted to be among the fastest growing of all jobs between 2006 and 2014.
  • Numerous schools are offering more engineering programs, in increasingly specific fields.

There are many different types of Engineers, and many careers exist for qualified engineers.  Typically, the word engineer evokes images like the Hoover dam, or other construction projects.  The reality is that Engineering is an enormous industry, broken up into a number of segments from Aerospace to Mining safety; and growth for qualified engineers in all segments is expected to grow throughout the next decade.  An article published in the Chicago Sun Times on August 21, 2006 stated that:

“Many employers are already decrying the shortage of skilled workers in the engineering professions. Opportunities abound for those with the technology skills and the desire to keep learning throughout one's career. There exists a wide variety of engineering specialties, such as construction or civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and geological engineering. The economy will add nearly 200,000 engineering jobs by 2014. Engineers now average $72,965 annually.”

The BLS maintains that career openings in Engineering are projected to grow about as fast as careers in any sector.  In preparation for the growing need for more degree programs in related subjects, many Universities are now offering more general degrees in Engineering, as well as more Master’s degrees that offer greater specialization.  In a press release dated August 28, 2006, Tri-State University in Indiana announced that they would create a new Master’s degree program:

“The rapid pace of technological advancement has resulted in a demand for engineers with advanced training,” said Dr. Roger Hawks, dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology. “By emphasizing advanced design skills rather than research, the Master of Engineering program uniquely addresses this need. This program fits our mission of educating quality, work-ready engineers.”


Careers in Engineering promise to be both profitable and numerous in the near future, with jobs such as Software Engineering and Network Engineering leading the way.  Numerous job opportunities also exist in the energy sector, in the development of clean energy technologies as well.  As technology continues to progress, in the computer-based industry as well as other industries like Petroleum and Clean Energy, more Engineering jobs will become available, at higher salaries.