Careers in Engineering


Looking for an entry level job or internship in engineering? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

I recently saw Lil Wayne live. While I’m sure he’d gladly accept all the credit for his tour being awesome, I think some credit is due to the engineers who built each theater he performed on, his stage set, and the acoustics. While not every engineer’s work supports the world’s self-acclaimed #1 rapper, engineers do solve real world problems and improve the lives of people, using their knowledge of math and science.

Engineering Careers

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Engineering Career Guide Overview

  1. What an Engineer Does
  2. A Typical Day for an Engineer
  3. Salary and Career Progression for an Engineer
  4. Best Locations for Engineering
  5. Pros and Cons of Being an Engineer
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Engineering
  7. Engineering Resources
  8. Careers Related to Engineering
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Engineering

What an Engineer Does

Engineers use their knowledge of math, economics, and science to solve real world problems and improve the lives of people. To do that they design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes.

Engineering careers offer a range of more than 25 specific fields ranging from environmental engineering, which deals with the prevention and control of environmental health hazards, to civic engineering, which designs city building structures, road systems and facilities. A popular field for engineers now is “green”, an area of the job market that is on the rise.

Engineering has four main branches:

  • Chemical engineering – The exploitation of both engineering and chemical principles in order to carry out large scale chemical process.
  • Civil engineering – The design and construction of public and private works, like roads, bridges, dams, and buildings.
  • Electrical engineering – The design and study of various electrical and electronic systems, such as electrical circuits, generators, motors, and telecommunications.
  • Mechanical engineering – The design of physical or mechanical systems, such as power and energy systems, aerospace products, weapon systems, and powertrains.

A Typical Day for an Engineer

On a typical day an engineer may spend time:

  • Traveling to different locations
  • Communicating by email and phone
  • Reviewing any operational problems
  • Meeting to discuss problems
  • Working on designs for future projects
  • Mapping things out on a computer
  • Crunching numbers

Salary and Career Progression in Engineering

The median starting salary for applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in this field is $53,400. It is one of the highest paid majors and on average you can expect to make between $56,000-$119,000 as an engineer. Maybe you’ll decide to go into Environmental Engineering ($63,000/yr), Chemical Engineering ($79,000/yr), Electrical Engineering ($70,000/yr), Computer Engineering ($79,000/yr) or Structural Engineering ($66,000/yr).

Best Locations for Engineers

These hot spots have the highest salaries for engineering:

  • Syracuse, New York
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Jose, California
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Trenton, New Jersey
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts

Pros and Cons of Being an Engineer

  • Variety of work
  • Well-compensated right out of the gate
  • Real impact on the world around you
  • It can take years before you see the final product of your work
  • Many problems can arise that you will need to fix
  • You need to be constantly learning

What You Need to Know for a Career in Engineering

To be an engineer you’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree which will cover courses in math, computers, science, and engineering. And you’ll have to select a specific type of engineering to study. Beyond that you’ll need to become a certified professional engineer if you want to provide services to the public. To do this, you’ll need to pass an examination called the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Then you will have to gain up to four years of work experience before taking a second examination, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering. And continued studying and learning credits are sometimes required on an ongoing basis for professionals.

Engineering Resources

If engineering still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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