Becoming an engineer leads one to a plethora of questions. There are quite a few ways that one can succeed and find great career in engineering.  Some of the following fields are popular choices forsomeone working on or starting off on earning an engineering degree.  Most of the time you will need to decide before earning your degree because there are so many ways to specialize.    

One can get into Civili engineering, computer engineering, chemical engineering, Electrical engineering, marine engineering.  The list goes on and on.   Thus the engineering diploma opens a lot of doors.  There are a lot of different things someone with an engineering degree can do, and they are kind of exciting!

Steps to Become an Engineering:

1. First you should choose your education, make sure the school has a great program and that they would be impressed by your schooling and knowledge.   Do not choose an online engineering school. This is a type of degree that needs to be hands on.

2. Find out which field works for you.  There are so many different types, you should do some job shadowing before choosing what you are going to be pursuing.

3. After you have your degree, you can go on to getting your master’s or simply go out and get a job. Once again this is a personal question and should be carefully considered.  Its obvious that with a Master’s degree will allow you to get a better job and as well as ask for a higher salary.

4. Once you get your job, start getting on the job training experience. If you’re ambitious  just apply to every job that comes up in your company and move up the ladder.. Perhaps even get as far as you can in one job, then move into a new job armed with experience.  Armed with experience and your degree, one can just keep climbing the ladder.

Salary and Pay of an Engineer

According to the BLS this jobs pay can run from 90k-130k.   Here is a list for you to check out that will help you make the best decision possible.

Q & A

Michele Heyward
Is it hard to enter the job market without experience?
Yes it can be hard without work experience and a network. However, if students have volunteer experience or even mentoring and tutoring experience they can use it as work experience. Recent college graduates should take the time to do summer research or have a part-time job to show they have some type of work experience. But they should also use their networks to find jobs. Alumni are usually very helpful in connect recent graduates with jobs.
 What is the job market like? 
This varies by industry. For the most part it’s good if you’re an entry level engineer.  It’s even better if you can code. For graduates willing to relocate, this offers more opportunities.
What kind of education did you use to start in engineering?
I have a B.S. in civil engineering. I started out of college doing technical sales after graduate school. I left that line of work after less than two years to work in heavy construction in the energy sector.
Do you think Masters is a good idea or no?
I received my master’s degree before I went out into the workforce. But the economy was much slower than it is now, so I opted to go to graduate school. I don’t believe a Master’s degree is needed. Once you determine where you want to go with your career, then decide if a Master’s degree is a good idea. For some engineers receiving your Engineering-In-Training (EIT) certification will be more important than a Master’s degree.
Have you had many different  jobs in your career?
While in college I did various jobs, from (2) co-op terms at a shipyard, to working at a DOE facility then doing tech transfer for NASA. I followed the same trend in my career. I’ve done technical sales in the electrical products industry. Then in heavy construction I was a cost engineer, field/construction engineer and a project manager. I’ve also been a construction manager when needed.
What are the favorite parts of the job?
Solving the issues! Sometimes I can solve them before they show up. Other times I’m solving them afterwards. What I like most about construction was it was different everyday. You have to be flexible, able to ask the right questions at the right time and make decisions quickly. It’s a different beast than working in an office because people’s lives are on the line. That is always the first thing you consider when making a decision is SAFETY!
What  are the worst?
Paperwork whether it’s daily construction progress reports, weekly construction reports or review and approving invoices these are the necessary but less glamorous parts of the job. But truly the worst part of the job is addressing a safety incident – whether it’s damaged vehicles or equipment. Hopefully it’s not an injury or a fatality (which I’ve not had to directly address). Those are the worst parts of working in construction.
All in all have you liked your career?
If you had advice to offer students what would it be?
I enjoyed my construction career for the most part. I had some very difficult times but it’s prepared me to switch over to be a tech founder.
I’d advise students to 1) get work experience in their field of study if possible and 2) use volunteer or part-time work to fill the gap if they can’t get industry experience. For high school or transfer students, when you visit a college, go to its career center and ask these 3 questions:
1 – what percentage of your _________ engineering program have a job offer before they graduate?
2 – what percentage of your _________ engineering program have a job offer 90 days after they graduate?
3 – what percentage of your _________ engineering program have a job offer 1 year after they graduate?
It’s great to have a degree. It’s better to select a college/university where its graduates are getting employment in their fields.