Chemical Engineer Tests Machine's Germ-Killing Capabilities with Cornish Hen

Engineers use scientific knowledge and tools to design and develop products, structures, and machines. The work of engineers has a more widespread impact on people than virtually any other discipline. Engineers have influenced discoveries and inventions that have become essential to our everyday lives. The engineering field is broad. More than 1.6 million engineers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Agricultural Engineers, Biomedical Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Computer Engineers, Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Geological Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Mining Engineers, Nuclear Engineers, Petroleum Engineers
Duties Use scientific knowledge and tools to design and develop products, structures, and machines
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Security clearance required for some positions
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Business Executive, or Professor, or Consultant
  • Senior Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Technician