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Engineering Mechanics

137 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
71 Master's Degrees Annually
#268 in Popularity
$113,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Engineering Mechanics Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 137
Doctor’s Degree 81
Master’s Degree 71
Graduate Certificate 16
Associate’s Degree 8
Undergraduate Certificate 1

What Engineering Mechanics Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, engineering mechanics majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Engineering Mechanics Majors

Engineering Mechanics majors often go into careers in which the following 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Engineering Mechanics Majors

engineering mechanics majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Engineering Mechanics Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a engineering mechanics student include the following:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Engineering Mechanics Major?

People with a engineering mechanics degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Energy Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Manufacturing Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Validation Engineers 6.4% $96,980

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Mechanics?

137 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
20% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 137 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics in 2019, making it rank #268 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 80% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Engineering Mechanics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 84
International Students 21
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Engineering Mechanics appeals to people across the globe. About 15.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Bangladesh

How Much Do Engineering Mechanics Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that engineering mechanics students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $62,400 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $62,400 (25th percentile) and $62,400 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to engineering mechanics.

Salaries According to BLS

Engineering Mechanics majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $99,410 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 degrees associated with engineering mechanics may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
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) 1.6%
Some College Courses 0.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 57.4%
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. 5.6%
Master’s Degree 14.5%
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. 2.2%
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. 1.6%
Doctoral Degree 8.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.2%

Online Engineering Mechanics Programs

In 2018-2019, 28 schools offered a engineering mechanics 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 18 1
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 13 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Engineering Mechanics Worth It?

The median salary for a engineering mechanics grad is $113,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 185% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,475,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering 47,405
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406
Biomedical Engineering 12,001
General Engineering 11,739
Industrial Engineering 9,410
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,069
Materials Engineering 3,538
Systems Engineering 3,491
Other Engineering 2,982
Environmental Engineering 2,850
Petroleum Engineering 2,269
Operations Research 1,745
Agricultural Engineering 1,554
Engineering Science 1,515
Architectural Engineering 1,019
Nuclear Engineering 1,014
Engineering Physics 979
Robotics Engineering 943
Manufacturing Engineering 932
Construction Engineering 865
Marine Engineering 481
Geoscience Engineering 424
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 387
Biological Engineering 374
Textile Engineering 366
Ocean Engineering 346
Mining Engineering 340
Metallurgical Engineering 235
Biochemical Engineering 118
Ceramic Engineering 101
Surveying Engineering 89
Electromechanical Engineering 65
Forest Engineering 52
Paper Science & Engineering 44
Engineering Chemistry 9

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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