Structural Engineering PhD

<p>Is there a market for people with PhDs in structural engineering in industry like there is for EECS PhDs? Are PhDs in structural engineering only useful for academia?</p>

<p>There's tons of marketability for people who do crack propogation work, which falls squarely under structural engineering, believe it or not. Every year, the top programs send their PhD grads to work at places like Sandia National Laboratory and JPL. It's not skyscrapers anymore, it's more along the lines of looking at and analyzing how forces affect materials, which is what structural engineering really does boil down to. That's a pretty applicable field, when you look at it that way.</p>