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How will your engineering education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a engineering degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 1,076 brick and mortar engineering schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had engineering programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 105,451 students graduated with degrees in engineering. Of these students, 3,320 received certifications in engineering, 66,830 received an undergraduate degree in engineering, and 35,301 received a graduate-level degree in engineering.

Academics

Students can pursue education in engineering at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Engineering
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
  • Master's Degree in Engineering
  • Doctoral Degree in Engineering
  • Certificate in Engineering

During the course of their engineering education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Chemistry
  • Critical Thinking
  • Technical Writing
  • Physics
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Cost

The average tuition at engineering schools around the nation was $27,625 per year in 2010. The engineering schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The engineering schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your engineering job compare?

Agricultural engineer, transportation engineer, industrial safety engineer, marine engineer, or materials engineer are the professions of choice for a majority of engineering graduates in the US. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 1,325,540 engineers. Of these, 174,720 were engineering managers. In addition, 2,520 were agricultural engineers and 249,120 were transportation engineers. The largest populations of engineers are in the following states:

  1. California - 167,230 Engineers
  2. Texas - 119,340 Engineers
  3. Michigan - 78,190 Engineers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of engineers will grow by 6%, and by 2018, there will be an estimated 1,594,380 engineers working in the US. The greatest growth for engineers is predicted to be amongst electrical technicians, who are expected to increase by 18% by 2018. The projected growth for engineers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 20%
  2. North Dakota - 18%
  3. Mississippi - 16%

Salary

On average, engineers earn a salary of $69,160 per year in the US. However, factors such as your employer, shift differentials, and location can cause the salary for engineers to vary greatly dependent on the exact engineering profession you pursue. Engineers in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,560 per year, to more than $165,960 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for engineers:

  1. Alaska - $87,026 per year
  2. Washington DC - $85,057 per year
  3. Maryland - $83,540 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for engineers are:

  1. South Dakota - $56,652 per year
  2. Montana - $60,318 per year
  3. Arkansas - $61,624 per year

On average the highest paid engineers were:

  1. Engineering Manager - $125,900 per year
  2. Engineering Teacher - $96,480 per year
  3. Engineer - $91,770 per year

On average the lowest paid engineers were:

  1. Industrial Engineering Technician - $50,540 per year
  2. Civil Engineering Technician - $47,940 per year
  3. Environmental Engineering Technician - $46,820 per year

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
engineering?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Civil Engineers 249,120 $82,280 8.5%
2
Mechanical Engineers 234,400 $82,480 6.2%
3
Architectural and Engineering Managers 174,720 $125,900 -6.8%
4
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 147,750 $56,690 -10.9%
5
Engineers, All Other 139,610 $91,770 -8.7%
6
Civil Engineering Technicians 77,050 $47,940 -14.8%
7
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 66,560 $59,060 -15.0%
8
Industrial Engineering Technicians 61,630 $50,540 -15.9%
9
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 44,170 $51,450 -5.2%
10
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 34,400 $96,480 -0.3%
11
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 23,390 $78,210 -7.7%
12
Materials Engineers 21,830 $85,860 4.2%
13
Environmental Engineering Technicians 18,450 $46,820 -7.3%
14
Ship Engineers 9,470 $70,920 -28.5%
15
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 8,480 $59,990 -14.8%
16
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 6,270 $87,350 10.4%
17
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 5,720 $87,770 -12.7%
18
Agricultural Engineers 2,520 $74,790 -20.5%