According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are eighteen different engineering occupations, within the next six years the BLS expects there to be an additional 140,000 new jobs available.
What are the Highest-Paid Engineering Jobs?
- Petroleum Engineer: $94K to $176K
- Electrical Engineer: $60K to $142K
- Chemical Engineer: $70k to $104K
- Computer Science Engineer: $70k to $116k
- Aerospace Engineer: $66K to $113K
- Civil Engineer: $57K to $98.5K
- Biomedical Engineer: $50 to $90K
- Mechanical Engineer: $64k to $84K
- Industrial Engineer: $63k to $82
- Ocean and Marine Engineer: $92K
When looking at the salaries for the engineering jobs above keep in mind that not all websites have the same salaries listed but they are comparable.
Some mechanical engineers work primarily in research and development, manufacturing industries, engineering services, and the federal government. While other mechanical engineers work in the all-purpose automotive parts manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, testing laboratories, and management of other companies.
Mechanical engineers usually work in a professional office environment. Sometimes the engineers will visit the work sites if there is an issue with a piece of equipment, or if there is any type of problem with the employees or the project in general. They work about 60-65 hours a week, and typically have holidays and weekends off. However, it is not uncommon for a mechanical engineer to have to work on a Saturday whether in the office or in the field.
Average PayScale Salary: $71,033
Electrical engineers perform a variety of tasks, such as robots, cars, navigation systems, computers, radars, cell phones, wiring and lighting in buildings, and other types of electrical systems.
Electrical engineers are depending on computer-aided design systems (CAD)for the design of schematics and to figure out the electrical routes. Computers are also used by electrical engineers to replicate how electrical systems and devices will function. This is the safest way to check the operational function.
Electrical engineers can be found working in numerous fields. While electrical engineers are required to have a bachelor’s degree. An electrical engineer’s skills include data collection and analysis, direct construction activities and equipment upkeep, apply linear systems theory and analysis, build, and operate computer systems, plus several other skills. An electrical engineer needs to possess critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, circuit knowledge which is extremely complex.
ZipRecruiter Salary: Each state listed individually with their salary
Aerospace engineering concentrates on the technology, theory, research, design, and development, and the flight of spaceships, aircraft, systems of defense, and missiles, in the Earth’s atmosphere put in practice.
Aerospace engineers create cutting-edge technologies and incorporate them into aerospace transportation vehicle systems, exploration, communications, and defense products. Which includes the designing and manufacturing of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, propulsion systems, and missiles. They also design and test as well as the design and testing of aircraft and aerospace components, products, and subassemblies. A bachelor’s degree is needed to work in this field of engineering.
Astronautical Engineering focuses on the science and technology of spacecraft and launch vehicles.
Average PayScale Salary: $84,126
Test engineers are involved in the very beginning of the process starting with the design. A test engineer makes sure the product can be both tested and manufactured correctly, they play a vital role in the development of all products, each one specializing in a specific field. Test engineers also act as a contact person between the different groups that work on the products such as the manufactures and the marketing team.
The test engineers have different specialties when it comes to the tests they perform. They also perform quality assurance testing on products, devices, software, computer components, automotive devices, as well as, other products, to make sure they can handle the probable compulsion resulting from regular use.
Test engineers also perform tests on products to ensure the quality is exceptional. There are more than a dozen tests including – automated x-ray, in-circuit, automated optical inspection, burn-in, gravity, flying probe, insulation test, system test, and several more.
The product must pass every single test the engineer does and if it doesn’t it’s back to the manufacturing process. It can sometimes take months if not a year to get a product perfect. Yes, each product must be perfect before it can be marketed and used.
Average Glassdoor Salary: $71,478
Executive engineers are the “boss” they exam all the details small and large about the project, they communicate with the client, and keep them up to date on the progress.
The executive engineers must manage their time wisely and take on the responsibility for the projects they are supervising and make sure they are completed and on time. These engineers are also responsible for maintaining detailed reports of all the duties carried out while finishing the project.
They must also document and submit them to the higher executives. The executive engineer must also pay close attention to every part of the project’s completion. They also plan and manage the budget for all projects, making it as cost-effective as possible.
Executive engineers collaborate with the human resources department while hiring new employees for their projects. They carry out the interviews and choose the applicants based on their education and experience. After the applicants are hired, they attend training.
After the recruitment process, they also carry out a training course, this teaches the new hires what is expected of them/job duties. The executive engineer then provides the new employees with information about the company, rules and regulations, policies, to teach the new employees their job duties and responsibilities.
They also give them a brief idea about company policies, rules, and regulations. Finally, they assign tasks to new employees. They also make out the weekly work schedule, approve or deny days off and vacations,
An executive engineers’ job has a lot of responsibilities that go with it, it can be a stressful job and it’s important to know and understand what you will be responsible for before you accept a job.
Average Salary.com Salary: $240,326
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