Engineering majors will be able to specialize in a wide variety of areas, including mining, nuclear energy, manufacturing, computer hardware, and electronics. Though most jobs that engineering majors can pursue require at least a bachelor’s degree for entry, licensure often requires at least a master’s degree. However, an associate degree is often sufficient to secure an engineering technician position, so undergraduates may be able to enter the field while still working toward a more advanced degree.
Careers in engineering can be professionally and financially rewarding. In fact, eight of the 10 highest-earning undergraduate majors were engineering-related, according to a TIME article. It is small wonder then that the number of engineering degrees conferred has continued to increase since 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Employment in each of these industries will vary based on economic conditions and other factors. For example, employment of biomedical engineers is expected to grow 62% from 2010 to 2020 due to an increased demand for biomedical devices and procedures, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile, computer hardware engineers will see only a 9% increase in employment due to foreign competition.