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Best Jobs in Engineering

Vault ranks the best professions to have. Whether you are a recent grad or looking for a career change, use these rankings to find a job that is right for you.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Best Career Path Rankings, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each path's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% demand (number of job openings), 25% earning potential (median salary), and 25% job satisfaction (perks, benefits, work/life balance), and 25% employment rates (unemployment).

Best Jobs in Engineering


Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical engineers are highly trained scientists who use engineering and life science principles to research biological aspects of animal and human life....


Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Electrical engineers apply their knowledge of the sciences to working with equipment that produces and distributes electricity, such as generators,...


Software Engineers

Software engineers create or customize existing software programs to meet the needs of a particular business or industry. First, they spend considerable...


Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum engineers apply the principles of geology, physics, and the engineering sciences to the recovery, development, and processing of petroleum. As...


Civil Engineers

Civil engineers are involved in the design and construction of the physical structures that make up our surroundings, such as roads, bridges, buildings,...


Environmental Engineers

Environmental engineers design, build, and maintain systems to control waste streams produced by municipalities or private industry. Such waste streams may...


Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace engineering encompasses the fields of aeronautical (aircraft) and astronautical (spacecraft) engineering. Aerospace engineers work in teams to...


Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers plan and design tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical systems that produce, transmit, or use power. They may work in design,...


Hardware Engineers

Hardware engineers design, build, and test computer hardware (such as computer chips and circuit boards) and computer systems. They also work with...


Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers take chemistry out of the laboratory and into the real world. They are involved in evaluating methods and equipment for the mass...