High School Graduates Continue to Enrol into Engineering Degree Programs


Did you love both math and science back in high school? Was Lego your favorite toy? Did you have a penchant for tinkering and opening up your toys to see how they work? Then engineering may be the degree for you!

True, engineering did take a big hit back in the 2008 recession. Enrollments declined and job outlook looked bleak. But according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, engineering is back. In particular aerospace, biomedical, computer, and mechanical engineering were those that have a good job outlook since 2010.

Job opportunities continue to increase for the coming years as the government needs civil engineers to build infrastructure, the auto industry needs mechanical and electronic engineers to build better car technologies, and the aerospace industry needs aerospace engineers to improve aircraft and spacecraft.

Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is currently a shortage of engineers. There are 11.2% fewer engineers in comparison to ratings 25 years ago. Some engineers are also moving abroad where developing countries are offering bigger wages to experienced engineers. There are not enough young engineers and the older engineers do not have that technological know-how to give them an edge. The average starting salary for an engineer has been at an all time high of $66,000. This figure does vary greatly between industry, company, experience, and location.

Companies thus are hiring engineers that have a unique skill set. It may be a computer engineer with a penchant for artificial intelligence, which would provide him an advantage in robotics. It may be mechanical engineer with an inclination to the environment, which would help him develop green cars. Or it may be a genetic engineer with experience in nanotechnology helping him unlock the key to the human genome.

According to the American Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ABET) engineering is:

  • The creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination
  • On the other hand, to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design
  • To forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions

It is because of this definition that engineers will continue to be hired in the near future for the simple fact that the world will still need people to operate machines. As technologies become more and more sophisticated, it is up to engineers to harness the power of science to continue to improve our world.

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