The good news about science and engineering is that it’s always changing, evolving and influencing the way we live our lives. Though much of math and sciences can now be automated, demand for engineering careers will never waver. Instead, requirements and ideal qualifications are shifting, so it’s best to stay apprised of trends in the industry so you can prepare yourself for a stellar career. Here are the top seven engineering careers that are taking off.
7 Engineering Roles That Are Great Career Choices
1. Mechanical engineers
The median pay for mechanical engineers in 2018 was more than $87,000, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. They design machines that produce power, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, steam and gas turbines, and power-using machines. They also design other machines that go inside buildings, like elevators and escalators.
2. Design engineers
Earning almost $70,000 on average, after 5 to 10 years of experience, design engineers study, research, and develop ideas for new products and the systems used to make them. The might also revise and update existing systems to make them more efficient. They need to be versed in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software to create prototypes.
3. Network engineers
Sometimes referred to as computer network architects, network engineers use information technology to make network systems that all employees in a company can use. They need to know how to use local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), intranets, and extranets.
4. Electromechanical engineers
The mean annual wage for all electrical engineers is just shy of $100,000. These engineers need to be competent in automation, controls, motion mechanics, solid mechanics, fluid power, electrical systems, electronics, and computer integrated systems. They analyze, design, manufacture, and repair equipment and products based on the combination of electrical circuits and mechanical systems.
5. Biomedical engineers
The biotech field is booming. Markets are climbing and more biotech companies than ever are having initial public offerings in the billions of dollars—not a bad deal. And these companies are looking for staffing. Aside from biomedical engineers, they’re looking for medical and clinical technicians, biophysicists and biochemists, medical scientists, epidemiologists, bio technicians, microbiologists, process development and research and development scientists, and bio-production operators.
6. Industrial engineers
Though they usually require a bachelor’s degree—and sometimes a master’s—the starting salary for an entry-level industrial engineer is about $60,000, but an experienced engineer makes close to $100,000. They make workers, machines, materials, information, and energy systems more efficient by eliminating wastefulness.
7. Quality engineers
Working in all industries, quality engineers test, monitor, and inspect products to make sure they meet standards. An associate’s degree is usually sufficient, but a bachelor’s or higher will earn you a higher salary. A quality engineer with about five to ten years of experience will earn roughly $70,000.
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