Engineering Science Major
Engineering science is a major that typically falls into the Engineering category.
There are 31 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in engineering science, 45 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 22 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 18 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting an Engineering Science Degree?
Engineering science is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #196 in popularity. About 500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 67.8% of the graduates in this field are male.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of engineering science majors is as follows:
- Asian: 10.7%
- Black or African American: 6.7%
- Hispanic or Latino: 12.8%
- White: 51.4%
- Non-Resident Alien: 11.7%
- Other Races: 6.7%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in engineering science. About 11.7% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending engineering science majors to the U.S. are China, India and Iran.
What Will You Learn as an Engineering Science Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to engineering science 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.
Knowledge Areas for Engineering Science Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
Skills for Engineering Science Majors
A major in engineering science prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
Abilities for Engineering Science Majors
A major in engineering science will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
What Can You Do With an Engineering Science Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with engineering science:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers||5.5%||$140,760|
|Wind Energy Engineers||6.4%||$96,980|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||5.5%||$140,760|
|Solar Energy Systems Engineers||6.4%||$96,980|
Engineering Science Major Salary
Average salaries range from $99,000 to $149,000 for careers related to engineering science. 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, 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.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Engineering Science Major Jobs
Some careers associated with engineering science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for engineering science careers below.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||0.6%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||0.3%|
|Some College Courses||1.4%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||2.7%|
|First Professional Degree||0.6%|
Online Engineering Science Programs
There are 45 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in engineering science, with 0 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.
Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.
Is an Engineering Science Major Worth It?
The median salary for an engineering science grad is $114,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 192% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,495,600 after 20 years!
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