15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects

Here's a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020, while many others such as aerospace engineering and chemical engineering will see growth rates well below 10%. For most of these disciplines, job prospects will be bolstered by the retiring baby boomers combined with low graduation rates.

As for salaries, petroleum engineers are enjoying relative prosperity with a mean salary of $149,000 and top-rung earnings of $186,000. At the low end on the salary spectrum, the industrial engineer is seeing a mean of $83,000, with top earnings at $123,000.

Click on the image below to see how engineers in other disciplines are faring.

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