Today’s college graduates are entering the toughest employment market since the Great Depression. In an economy where thousands of recent graduates jockey for limited job openings, choosing a major can be difficult if not downright demoralizing. But amid all the doom and gloom, one degree seems to be a sure thing: engineering.
Engineering degrees are available from a long list of schools, and each offers an array of engineering disciplines from which to choose. Here are three key benefits to choosing to major in engineering and enter this booming field.
Salaries for engineers are excellent.
While many recent graduates languish in entry-level jobs with dismal salaries, engineers entering the field from college can expect very healthy starting salaries. According to The Wall Street Journal, a 2013 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that while the average starting salary for 2013 college graduates was $44, 928, engineering grads averaged $62,535.
In fact, seven of the top ten starting salaries by field went to engineers:
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