Engineering as a College Major


When entering college, you may know exactly what you want to do, or you might be completely lost. If you have always been strong in both mathematics and creative thinking, engineering could be the solution. It takes a special type of mind to be an engineer, as this field uses both sides of the brain.  There are dozens of types of engineers, so there are plenty of options and variety within the field.

Engineers are generally highly paid, and the likelihood of finding a job straight out of college is much higher than that for a business or arts major. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, chemical engineers make an estimated $103,960 annually and employ 32,230 people as of May 2015. Nuclear engineers make a mean annual wage of $106,060 and employ 16,880 workers. One of the highest paid types is petroleum engineers, who make an estimated $149, 590 each year with 34,600 people.



In 2012, Forbes said that biomedical engineering is one of the most worthwhile fields to enter the job market in, as they earn roughly $61,000 as a starting salary.  According to Payscale, entry-level mechanical engineering positions pay an average salary of $62,500 and entry-level electrical engineering jobs pay an average starting salary of $65,000.  These average starting salaries are about 15 to 30 thousand dollars more than the average entry-level salaries of education majors, accountants and business majors, and communications majors.  It is much more rewarding to leave college with a high paying job while you are knocking out those student loans.

When joining NJSPE, you become part of a large society of individuals who are equally committed to their careers. They share the same passions you do for engineering. Members gain opportunities for outreach and are able to make connections with experienced professionals who can serve as mentors for those who have recently graduated from college. You can participate in continuing education programs and advance in your field.

At NJSPE, we believe there is always room for improvement and acceleration in the career journey. No matter your age, with us there are ongoing possibilities for you to strengthen as both an engineer and an individual. Fill out a membership application today by applying online or in the mail, and begin your time with NJSPE.


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