Engineering a Better World

When people say they want to be an engineer the next best question is: what kind?

There are something like 27 different kinds of engineering: everything from Mechanical Engineers to Civil Engineers, Chemical Engineers and Biomedical Engineers.

Chances are if you’re a human being, and if you’re reading this you probably are, there is something in engineering that appeals to you. Even if it’s only the salary.

More likely you’ll think about saving the planet. For example: chemical engineers develop advanced technologies, monitoring devices, modeling techniques, and operating strategies that reduce the volume and toxicity of pollutants that enter the air, waterways, and soil. And that’s just one way engineers contribute to the planet.

And there’s good news for engineers on the pay front too. The 2012 Engineering Income and Salary Survey, conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), showed an uptick in engineering salaries – no matter what the specific field.

“Engineering continues to be one of the most robust professions,” Thomas G. Loughlin, Executive Director of ASME, said in an ASME podcast on the Engineering Job Outlook in an Uncertain Economy. “It’s backed up by the fact that the unemployment rate among engineers is currently about half the national average.”

Over 12,000 engineers from the U.S. responded to the ASME’s online salary survey between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012, revealing the average total annual income in the U.S. in 2012 was $103,497, a four percent increase over the previous year.

According to the survey, the engineers who saw their wages increase consistently were those with increased engineering experience. The median income of full-time salaried respondents increased regularly from $55,000 for those with less than one year of experience to $127,800 for those with 25 years of experience or more.

Fresh graduates with engineering degrees are also getting some of the highest salary offers, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Engineers are in Demand

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

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