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580 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
328 Master's Degrees Annually
#191 in Popularity
$113,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Engineering Science Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 580
Associate’s Degree 471
Master’s Degree 328
Doctor’s Degree 114
Graduate Certificate 13
Basic Certificate 3

What Engineering Science Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, engineering science 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 Science Majors

Engineering Science 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.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Engineering Science Majors

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

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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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Engineering Science Majors

A major in engineering science will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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 Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Engineering Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with engineering science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers 5.5% $140,760
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Solar Energy Systems Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Validation Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Wind Energy Engineers 6.4% $96,980

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

580 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
32% Percent Women
35% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 580 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering science in 2018, making it rank #191 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 68% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Engineering Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 62
Black or African American 39
Hispanic or Latino 74
White 298
International Students 68
Other Races/Ethnicities 39

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Engineering Science, too. About 11.7% 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 Science Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of engineering science students with a bachelor’s degree is $59,500 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $56,250 (25th percentile) and $67,625 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a engineering science degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Engineering Science 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 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 science 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.3%
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) 1.9%
Some College Courses 1.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 60.0%
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. 5.0%
Master’s Degree 17.6%
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. 1.7%
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. 0.6%
Doctoral Degree 6.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.9%

Online Engineering Science Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 99 schools offered some type of engineering science 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) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 31 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 22 4
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 18 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Engineering Science Worth It?

The median salary for a engineering science 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 science.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483
General Engineering 11,245
Industrial Engineering 9,714
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 6,315
Materials Engineering 3,555
Systems Engineering 3,439
Other Engineering 2,900
Petroleum Engineering 2,818
Environmental Engineering 2,746
Operations Research 1,555
Agricultural Engineering 1,546
Nuclear Engineering 1,050
Engineering Physics 1,028
Manufacturing Engineering 920
Architectural Engineering 874
Construction Engineering 870
Robotics Engineering 755
Geoscience Engineering 510
Marine Engineering 506
Mining Engineering 434
Biological Engineering 400
Textile Engineering 359
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 348
Engineering Mechanics 329
Ocean Engineering 305
Metallurgical Engineering 218
Biochemical Engineering 124
Ceramic Engineering 111
Electromechanical Engineering 84
Surveying Engineering 73
Paper Science & Engineering 51
Forest Engineering 39
Engineering Chemistry 5

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