The number of employment opportunities in engineering is expected to grow over the next 5-7 years. With average salaries ranging from $50,000 per year (with a bachelor's degree) to $60,000 per year (with a master's degree), engineering offers a viable and lucrative career path for today's college students.
The greatest growth in engineering is expected in the biomedical and environmental engineering fields. Other engineering disciplines expected to maintain growth include computer, electrical, and chemical engineering.
As companies update manufacturing processes and product designs to remain competitive, they will rely on engineers to help increase productivity and implement new technologies. Additionally, jobs will continue to open as engineers enjoy expanded job opportunities in sales, management, and other professional occupations.
A bachelor's degree is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. College graduates with a degree in a physical science or mathematics occasionally qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in high-demand specialties.
People already employed in engineering positions may find that their technical skills can become outdated. As a result, many working engineers continuously update their skills through additional coursework, advanced degrees, and on-the-job studies. By keeping their skills current, engineers are able to deliver the best solutions and greatest value to their employers.
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