Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Engineering

Engineering field of degree. Employment: 4,700,460. Median annual wage: $90,000.

Engineering field of degree. Employment: 4,700,460. Median annual wage: $90,000

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Table 1. Engineering degree, 2018

Data

Engineering

All fields

Employment

4,700,460 55,381,020

Median wage

$90,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

8 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

69 59

Percent with an advanced degree

42 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of engineering majors, 2018

Engineering majors

Major share

Electrical engineering

23%

Mechanical engineering

19

General engineering

14

Civil engineering

11

Computer engineering

9

Other

24

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an engineering degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Architecture and engineering occupations

27%

Management occupations

21

Computer and mathematical occupations

14

Business and financial operations occupations

7

Sales and related occupations

6

Other

26

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an engineering degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

22% Bachelor's degree 8% 33%

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21 Doctoral or professional degree 2 74

Industrial engineers

10 Bachelor's degree 2 22

Electrical engineers

5 Bachelor's degree 3 30

Mechanical engineers

4 Bachelor's degree 4 24

Architectural and engineering managers

3 Bachelor's degree 2 36

Civil engineers

2 Bachelor's degree 5 28

Engineers, all other

1 Bachelor's degree 7 32

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 7 21

Chief executives

-10 Bachelor's degree 2 30

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Engineering,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/engineering/engineering-field-of-degree.htm (visited September 29, 2021).

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