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Becoming an engineer is a great career choice for a working mother. Although the educational requirements, job duties and salary vary enormously among the various types of engineers, all earn the big bucks. If you want to top out the field, become a petroleum engineer since these are the highest paid, with a median salary of $123,900. Industrial engineers are the lowest paid, with a median salary of $86,100.
All engineers solve one sort of technical problem or another and are good at math and science problems. They are professionals who use their expertise in mathematics and science to handle issues that arise in their field. Engineers work in various branches of engineering, each with its own focus. These include petroleum engineers, agricultural engineers, environmental engineers, biochemical engineers and electrical engineers, among many, many others.
You'll want to stay in college to become an engineer, since almost all fields require at least a bachelor's degree in engineering. But if you really want to know what to take and what degree you need to succeed, you'll need to research the exact specialties and select one that works for you. From there, you can see the best subject to major in, and whether you need to think about a master's or doctorate degree.
According to Indeed, the average salary for an engineer in the United States is $88,750 per year. However, each type of engineer earns a different average salary, so once you get more focused on an exact career goal, you can zero in on the wages you might earn. High earning specialties include petroleum engineers, electrical engineers, aerospace engineers, materials engineers and computer engineers.
The exact salaries based on educational background vary widely among the specialties. However, all types of engineers earn solid salaries.
Engineers work in a variety of industries, depending on specialties. For example, most petroleum engineers work in the oil and gas industry, while aerospace engineers work in the aerospace industry.
Years of Experience
Engineering is one of those fields that, the more experience you get, the more you earn. Usually entry-level positions pay less than the average salary, while mid-career and experienced engineers earn more. The exact statistics vary among specialties.
Job Growth Trend
Employment projections for engineers depend on the specialty involved. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mechanical engineers over the next decade is projected to grow 9 percent, as fast as the average for all occupations.
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