Mechanical Engineering Careers
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Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering careers involve a variety of job skills and typically involve research, design, development, building and testing of mechanical devices, tools, engines and machines. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, making the career opportunities just as broad.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. According to the Bureau of Labor, mechanical engineering careers are the second-largest engineering occupations in the country, providing jobs in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing, and the federal government.
Additionally, they report that employment growth for mechanical engineering careers is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 – 2020, with job prospects best for those who stay knowledgeable with advances in technology. Some growth is expected to come from new industries such as alternative energy, nanotechnology and remanufacturing.
Mechanical engineering careers include such jobs as:
- Architectural and Engineering Manager
- Materials Engineer
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Natural Science Manager
- Petroleum Engineer
- Sales Engineer
- Aerospace Engineer
- Agricultural Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician
- Electrical and Electronics Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Marine Engineers and Naval Architect
- Mechanical Engineer
- Mining and Geological Engineer
Entry-Level Salary Expectations
Entry-level mechanical engineering salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $60,100 with opportunity to grow to $91,900. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar occupations also have attractive entry-level salaries including:
Materials Science & Engineering: $60,100 - $91,900
Aerospace Engineer: $62,500 - $118,000
Petroleum Engineer: $98,000 - $163,000
Industrial Engineer: $59,900 - $91,200
Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other mechanical engineering careers.
Graduate Degree Programs
To prepare them for perhaps more technical occupations similar to mechanical engineering careers, approximately 20 percent of aerospace and mechanical engineering students enter graduate school at Florida Tech or other universities such as:
- California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Stanford University
- Georgia Tech
- Emory University
- Princeton University
- University of Florida
And what employers offer mechanical engineering careers after a student completes his or her education? Among them:
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- General Electric
- Harris Corp.
- Airbus Consortium
- Local, state and regional governmental agencies across the United States