Employment in architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 146,000 new jobs are projected to be added. Most of the projected job growth in this group is in the engineer occupations, as their services will be in demand in various areas such as rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics.
The median annual wage for architecture and engineering occupations was $83,160 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for architecture and engineering occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2020 MEDIAN PAY|
|Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians||
Aerospace engineering and operations technologists and technicians run and maintain equipment used to develop, test, produce, and sustain aircraft and spacecraft.
Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles.
Agricultural engineers solve problems concerning power supplies, machine efficiency, the use of structures and facilities, pollution and environmental issues, and the storage and processing of agricultural products.
Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.
|Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers||
Bioengineers and biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software.
|Cartographers and Photogrammetrists||
Cartographers and photogrammetrists collect, measure, and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps and charts for regional planning, education, and other purposes.
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the use of fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.
|Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians||
Civil engineering technologists and technicians help civil engineers plan, design, and build infrastructure and development projects.
Civil engineers design, build, and supervise infrastructure projects and systems.
|Computer Hardware Engineers||
Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components.
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians||
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop electrical and electronic equipment.
|Electrical and Electronics Engineers||
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment.
Electro-mechanical technicians operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.
|Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians||
Environmental engineering technologists and technicians implement the plans that environmental engineers develop.
Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.
|Health and Safety Engineers||
Health and safety engineers combine knowledge of engineering and of health and safety to develop procedures and design systems to protect people from illness and injury and property from damage.
|Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians||
Industrial engineering technologists and technicians help engineers solve problems affecting manufacturing layout or production.
Industrial engineers devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
Landscape architects design parks and other outdoor spaces.
|Marine Engineers and Naval Architects||
Marine engineers and naval architects design, build, and maintain ships, from aircraft carriers to submarines and from sailboats to tankers.
Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a wide range of products.
|Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians||
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture machines and other devices.
Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices.
|Mining and Geological Engineers||
Mining and geological engineers design mines to safely and efficiently remove minerals for use in manufacturing and utilities.
Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation.
Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface.
|Surveying and Mapping Technicians||
Surveying and mapping technicians collect data and make maps of the Earth's surface.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$46,200|
Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries.
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021