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Engineering-Related Fields

1,760 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3,542 Master's Degrees Annually
#134 in Popularity
$91,630 Median Salary

The following table lists how many engineering-related fields graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,542
Bachelor’s Degree 1,760
Graduate Certificate 449
Doctor’s Degree 166
Associate’s Degree 59
Basic Certificate 21

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.

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in engineering-related fields should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.

When studying engineering-related fields, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

1,760 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
27% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,760 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering-related fields in 2019, making it rank #134 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 73% of the graduates in this field are male.

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 119
Black or African American 73
Hispanic or Latino 139
White 1,185
International Students 132
Other Races/Ethnicities 112

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Engineering-Related Fields. About 7.5% 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 starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering-related fields was $59,700 per year. These stats come 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’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in engineering-related fields, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Engineering-Related Fields majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $71,430 to $113,370 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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 degrees associated with engineering-related fields may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for engineering-related fields careers below.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 199 schools offered some type of engineering-related fields program. 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) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 10 3
Bachelor’s Degree 37 17
Post-Baccalaureate 9 0
Master’s Degree 140 62
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 18 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 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 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772
Quality Control Technology 4,315
General Engineering Technology 4,212
Computer Engineering Technology 4,180
Construction Engineering Technology 3,824
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,786
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,362
Civil Engineering Technology 1,357
Engineering-Related Technologies 840
Mining & Petroleum Technology 705
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 123

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