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Engineering-Related Fields Major

6,172 yearly degrees
#133 in popularity
$92,000 median salary

Engineering-related fields is a major that typically falls into the Engineering Technologies category.

There are 8 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in engineering-related fields, 73 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 135 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 17 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Engineering-related fields is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #142 in popularity. About 1,500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major tends to be male dominated. About 72.6% of recent graduates are men.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 6.3%
  • Black or African American: 5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.1%
  • White: 67.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 5.8%
  • Other Races: 7.2%
Engineering-Related Fields Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in engineering-related fields. About 5.8% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending engineering-related fields majors to the U.S. are India, China and Saudi Arabia.

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to engineering-related fields to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Engineering-related fields majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Engineering-Related Fields Majors

A major in engineering-related fields prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

Important Skills for Engineering-Related Fields Majors

Engineering-related fields majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for engineering-related fields Majors

Below is a list of occupations associated with engineering-related fields:

Careers Related to Engineering-Related Fields
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Commercial and Industrial Designers



Industrial Engineers



Manufacturing Production Technicians



Manufacturing Engineers



Methane/Landfill Gas Collection System Operators



Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists



Biofuels Production Managers



Biomass Power Plant Managers



Quality Control Systems Managers



Hydroelectric Production Managers



Average salaries range from $71,000 to $113,000 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Engineering-Related Fields Major  ( 71000 to 113000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

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.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Engineering-Related Fields
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


There are 73 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in engineering-related fields, with 12 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

The median salary for an engineering-related fields grad is $92,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 136% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,054,600 after 20 years!

engineering-related fields salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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