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Engineering-Related Fields

1,645 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
4,330 Master's Degrees Annually
#137 in Popularity
$91,630 Median Salary

The following table lists how many engineering-related fields graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 4,330
Bachelor’s Degree 1,645
Graduate Certificate 478
Doctor’s Degree 149
Associate’s Degree 48
Basic Certificate 23

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to engineering-related fields and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to engineering-related fields:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a engineering-related fields student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

People with a engineering-related fields degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.3% $66,590
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists 9.7% $87,040
Industrial Engineering Technicians 0.6% $55,460
Industrial Engineers 9.7% $87,040
Manufacturing Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Manufacturing Production Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Professors 9.4% $65,660

1,645 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
27% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,645 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering-related fields in 2018, making it rank #137 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 73% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of engineering-related fields majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Engineering-Related Fields Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 103
Black or African American 82
Hispanic or Latino 133
White 1,113
International Students 96
Other Races/Ethnicities 118

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Engineering-Related Fields, too. About 5.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • Iran

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of engineering-related fields students with a bachelor’s degree is $59,700 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $54,900 (25th percentile) and $61,900 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to engineering-related fields.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $71,430 to $113,370 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to engineering-related fields. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with engineering-related fields require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to engineering-related fields have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 6.5%
Some College Courses 12.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.3%
Master’s Degree 8.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.3%
Doctoral Degree 2.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.7%

In 2017-2018, 186 schools offered a engineering-related fields program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 9 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 2
Bachelor’s Degree 33 15
Post-Baccalaureate 9 0
Master’s Degree 135 59
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 16 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

The median salary for a engineering-related fields grad is $91,630 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 130% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,034,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to engineering-related fields.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,418
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,842
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,032
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,880
Environmental Control Technology 9,388
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,628
Quality Control Technology 4,467
Computer Engineering Technology 4,406
General Engineering Technology 4,049
Construction Engineering Technology 3,497
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,906
Civil Engineering Technology 1,526
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,236
Mining & Petroleum Technology 976
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nuclear Engineering Technology 318
Nanotechnology 152

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