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 1.5 million engineers are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Use scientific knowledge and tools to design and develop products, structures, and machines
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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or co-op
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Business Executive, or Professor, or Consultant
  • Senior Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Technician or Technologist

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