Earn an engineering degree for a high-paying, fast-growing career

Students who decide to earn degrees in engineering may have high-paying, fast-growing careers.
Students who decide to earn degrees in engineering may have high-paying, fast-growing careers.

PayScale's 2010-2011 Salary Report indicates that students who earn degrees in engineering typically have high salaries upon graduation.

For example, a petroleum engineering bachelor's degree can lead to a starting pay of about $93,000 and a mid-career salary of $157,000. Additionally, a credential in aerospace engineering typically leads to an average starting salary of $59,400 and a mid-career pay of $108,000.

Still, aside from a bigger paycheck, earning a degree in engineering may also lead to a variety of job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of engineer positions is expected to grow by about 11 percent in the next seven years. However, some branches of this field are predicted to increase even further.

Employment opportunities for civil engineers, for example, are expected to grow by about 24 percent, while the number of jobs for biomedical engineers will increase by approximately 72 percent.

While a bachelor's degree is typically required for most entry-level positions in the engineering field, the BLS reports that continuing education courses are extremely important for these professionals to keep up on rapidly changing technology.

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