Engineering Career Opportunities

The computer science and engineering disciplines provide students with excellent career options. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has great information regarding the occupational outlook for students majoring in engineering, computer science, and construction management. All information on this page was gathered from their site. Visit www.bls.gov for more info.

Discipline Overviews

Civil engineers conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, including broadcast and communications systems, such as portable music players and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. A combined electrical and computer degree will prepare students for these roles in addition to roles involving programmable logic controllers, hardware design, software integration, and mechatronics.

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Computer science careers can follow the paths of design and construction of communication networks, computer programs, software systems, and security systems and can also branch into robotics.

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.

Our undergraduate curriculum for these programs prepare students for work in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to design, manufacturing, controls, power production, aerospace, robotics, systems engineering, construction, and management.

Additionally, per industry demands, our programs strive to produce graduates who are creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail oriented as well as being strong communicators, both orally and in writing.

Job Outlook

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild, repair, and upgrade bridges, roads, levees, dams, airports, buildings, and structures of all types.

Overall employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The change in employment is expected to be tempered by slow growth or decline in most manufacturing industries in which electrical and electronics engineers are employed.

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology.

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction managers are expected to be needed to oversee the anticipated increase in construction activity over the coming decade. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, coupled with construction experience, will have the best job prospects.

Salaries

Median annual wage in May 2018 (per the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

  • Civil Engineers: $86,640
  • Electrical Engineers: $96,640
  • Mechanical Engineers: $87,370
  • Computer and Information Technology: $86,320
  • Construction Managers: $93,370

Current Job Opportunities

Students and prospective employers may find or submit information on open positions at our Internships and Jobs page.