Job Description - Engineer:
Employment Facts for Engineers:
Educational Requirements for Engineers:
Other Requirements for Engineers:
How Do Engineers Advance?:
Job Outlook for Engineers:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that biomedical, environmental and civil engineering will experience much faster than average growth, while employment in petroleum engineering, industrial engineering and geological and mining engineering will grow at a faster than average rate.
Other branches will grow either as fast as the average or slower than the average for all occupations, or will see a decline in employment.
How Much Do Engineers Earn?:
Recently graduated engineers have higher average starting salaries than their counterparts with other degrees. These salaries vary by branch of engineering and level of education.
Median annual earnings for several branches of engineering (U.S., 2009):
- Electrical: $83,110
- Civil: $76,590
- Mechanical: $77,020
- Computer Hardware: $98,820
- Environmental: $77,040
- Nuclear: $96,910
- Biomedical: $78,860
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What Do Engineers Do?:
Engineers who work in design and development:
- design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, and transit systems;
- develop and implement improved ways to extract, process, and use raw materials;
- develop new materials that both improve the performance of products and take advantage of advances in technology;
- analyze the impact of the products they develop or the systems they design on the environment and on people using them;
Engineers who work in testing, production, or maintenance:
- supervise production in factories;
- determine the causes of breakdowns;
- test manufactured products to maintain quality;
- estimate the time and cost to complete projects;
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Engineers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm (visited November 17, 2010).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/ (visited November 17, 2010).