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Engineering-Related Fields

3,542 Master's Degrees Annually
166 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#48 in Popularity (Master's)
$91,630 Median Salary

The following table lists how many engineering-related fields graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,542
Graduate Certificate 449
Doctor’s Degree 166

People with careers related to engineering-related fields were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Engineering-Related Fields majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

When studying engineering-related fields, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

A major in engineering-related fields will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

People with a engineering-related fields degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.3% $66,590
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists 9.7% $87,040
Industrial Engineering Technicians 0.6% $55,460
Industrial Engineers 9.7% $87,040
Manufacturing Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Manufacturing Production Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Professors 9.4% $65,660

3,542 Master's Degrees Annually
31% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Engineering-Related Fields runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #48 out of all the graduate majors we track. In 2019, about 3,542 graduates completed their master’s degree in this field. This major attracts more men than women. About 69% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of engineering-related fields majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Engineering-Related Fields Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 206
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 242
White 1,292
International Students 1,458
Other Races/Ethnicities 162

Geographic Diversity

Engineering-Related Fields appeals to people across the globe. About 41.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • Iran

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in engineering-related fields have a median salary of $81,400 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $70,175 (25th percentile) and $96,350 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in engineering-related fields, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Engineering-Related Fields majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $71,430 to $113,370 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with engineering-related fields may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to engineering-related fields have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 6.5%
Some College Courses 12.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.3%
Master’s Degree 8.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.3%
Doctoral Degree 2.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.7%

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 199 schools offered some type of engineering-related fields program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 9 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 10 3
Bachelor’s Degree 37 17
Post-Baccalaureate 9 0
Master’s Degree 140 62
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 18 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

The median salary for a engineering-related fields grad is $91,630 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 130% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,034,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to engineering-related fields.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772
Quality Control Technology 4,315
General Engineering Technology 4,212
Computer Engineering Technology 4,180
Construction Engineering Technology 3,824
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,786
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,362
Engineering-Related Technologies 840
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 123

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