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What's the most marketable engineering major?

dooitdooit - Posts: 1,470 Senior Member
edited November 2005 in Engineering Majors
I'm sure this question has been asked plenty of times before, but I was just wondering which type of engg major is the best one for today's society. (obviously petroleum, but not too many top schools offer this major, so anything else?)

I'm thinking of doing ECE (electrical and computer engineering), what does everyone else think of this?

here are my thoughts on others (please correct me if I'm wrong)
aero, biomed, and nuclear are too specialized
mat, mech are in the past

dont know about
environmental, civil and chem

oh and I hate computer science
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Replies to: What's the most marketable engineering major?

  • civ@uwciv@uw Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Mechanical is perhaps the broadest of all the engineering disciplines, so I would give it a slight edge in terms of marketability. But truthfully you cant go wrong with any of the classic engineering disciplines: Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, etc...
  • FlavianFlavian Registered User Posts: 752 Member
    For starting salary, I think Compsci still has the lead.
  • dooitdooit - Posts: 1,470 Senior Member
    but isnt mech rarer than it used to be now because of advances in technology
  • aibarraibarr Registered User Posts: 4,249 Senior Member
    We're always gonna need food, shelter, water, transportation....

    Civs design the shelter, get the water to you, and build the roads and rail and airports for transportation...

    I'd say in terms of constancy and stability, civil engineering's a good bet.
  • wingardiumLeviosawingardiumLeviosa Registered User Posts: 209 Junior Member
    It all depends. Overall, comparing all the engineering schools, job replacement rates, etc... - you'll see that civil engineering is the most marketable degree. Indeed, it is on the top 5 for jobs most in demand; I've even heard of quite a few mechE's who retrained as civE's to find decent jobs.

    However, what college you go to has a significant impact on job placement and consequently the marketability of your specific major. Going to UT for example and majoring in EE is different from going to fresno state and getting the same degree. Going to Michigan and majoring in engineering is quite diff. from going to michigan state and majoring in engineering. One case is always more marketable than the other.

    What you need to take into account is 1) your interest in a specific major and 2) will this major help you in pursuing future graduate study of your interest 3) look at how successful your school is at placing graduates 4) other factors
  • rtkysgrtkysg Registered User Posts: 598 Member
    I would argue that EE is the most marketable engineering degree since those with this degree are normally employed for various positions from financial analyst to computer scientist, from manufacturing/construction companies to biotech and finance companies.
  • 4thfloor4thfloor Registered User Posts: 844 Member
    Why is that? It is because of something inherent to the subject matter, or in the personal traits of the people who go into the field?
  • dr_reynoldsdr_reynolds Registered User Posts: 536 Member
    I would say either ME or EE are the most marketable since they are the most broad.
  • dooitdooit - Posts: 1,470 Senior Member
    Any opinions on engineering sciences?
  • surfed_pipelinesurfed_pipeline . Posts: 518 Member
    my dad majored in electrical engineering in college and got a masters in that. then he got an mba in business administration. he has a high position in his company and makes plenty of bling-bling.
  • IlliniJBravoEchoIlliniJBravoEcho Registered User Posts: 1,110 Member
    I would say EE b/c circuits are everywhere. Then I would say CivE b/c something will always need to be built. Third chemE b/c of that fact that everything needs a process to be made and chemEs are involved in a lot more than chemicals. And then MechE just because it's broad. Those are the four generals. ChemE & EE have the highest starting salaries of any BS/BA degrees. ME is a little later on the list and CivE is the lowest. But just think of a factory. What engineers would always be needed. You can still only usually come up with those top 4 in every situation. I'm not a fan of specialization.
  • dooitdooit - Posts: 1,470 Senior Member
    What about Materials? Isn't that always a necessity? Also any idea on engineering sciences?
  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    It really depends on how you define 'marketable'.

    If by marketable, you mean the highest average starting salaries, then PetE and ChemE are the most marketable.

    If by marketable, you mean the most number of current jobs and most geographic flexibility, then EECS and ME are the most marketable.

    If by marketable you mean high growth rates of jobs (but currently rather low starting salaries), then CivilE, BioE, and Materials Science are highly marketable.
  • redbeardredbeard Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    Take a look at the website salary.com. If you enter the geographic area you are looking for, you will find various engineering disciplines listed. Most jobs are rated by experience, usually with roman numerals: 'I' being the lowest and 'V' being the most experienced.

    I was amazed to find that an EE level V in my region barely breaks 100K. But, Operations Research V is around 128k. Not all engineering schools offer OR, but I have found it to be broadly marketable. (That's my degree.)

    Of course, there are also salaries for various engineering "managers". This is where engineering salaries begin to climb.
  • dooitdooit - Posts: 1,470 Senior Member
    sakky, yes that was exactly the answer I was looking for, thanks

    redbeard, I heard that OR sector is dying off and jobs are really hard to come by... this is what I HEARD
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