The number of students enrolling in engineering programs is steadily increasing. According to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, there was a four percent increase in engineering students from 2015 to 2016. Engineering career paths are among the most desirable for college students due to job stability, financial security, and the demand for talent and availability of jobs in the field.
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report also states that there were over 600,000 students enrolled nationally within an engineering major during the fall 2016 semester – an increase from 578,127 in fall 2015. Top engineering majors among students include chemical engineering, computer engineering, petroleum engineering, electric engineering, aerospace engineering, and materials engineering.
Colleges Accommodate Growth
As engineering continues to gain popularity, colleges across the nation are approving renovations to upgrade the resources available for engineering majors. For example, Rowan University recently unveiled the newest $70.6 million addition to the Henry Rowan College of Engineering program. Rowan University’s goal of this expansion is to accommodate the increase in engineering students, with a plan to increase the engineering college enrollment up to 2,000 from 1,488 (graduate students included) by 2023.
Supporting Today’s Engineering Students
NJSPE supports the growth and education of young and developing engineers by offering membership to full-time students in undergraduate or graduate engineering programs. To be eligible for free membership benefits, the program must be accredited by ABET, an engineering or pre-engineering program, or an international equivalent.
There are a variety of NJSPE benefits that students can enjoy. Members will receive opportunities to network with industry thought leaders and local engineer professionals. They also can connect with local programs and courses, as well as access to online seminars, web classifieds, and industry news. Through NSPE, the national chapter, students can apply for scholarships, partake in student chapters, and receive access to StayWithIt.org – a partner dedicated to helping keep students in engineering programs. NJSPE believes that today’s students will be tomorrow’s problem solvers, helping turn ideas into reality.