Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.
Most people only know a few things about engineers:
- They build stuff.
- They are really good at math. (Make for exceptional tutors!)
- They make lots of money.
Engineering is truly a compelling field with more than 10 concentrations including aerospace engineering, computer engineering, and biomedical engineering.* They work everywhere from spaceships to hospitals and construction sites. But the journey isn’t an easy one. Engineering schools can be very expensive, costing as much as $45,000 a year just for tuition and fees.* There are grants and scholarships available so you won’t be paying-off loans until you’re 80, but $45k is still a pretty penny.
Most well-known institutions are research-based, which aids in their program’s funding. Engineering students get one-of-a-kind hands-on experience that looks great for the school but even better on a resume. Engineers get to be part of life-changing projects like building machines to diffuse a bomb or developing systems that will better protect against brain injury for NFL players.* The work is definitely rewarding, but the downside is the study time. Engineering students all around the world are probably sitting in labs and libraries as we speak studying pages and pages of notes for a test with only three questions. We do not envy engineers, but we sure are grateful for the cures, buildings, software, etc. that they create.
WHAT THEY DO
Engineers apply the principles of math and science to develop cost-effective solutions to difficult problems. This is a fancy way of saying they sit behind computer screens analyzing and testing data and designs.*
WHO THEY ARE
They are analytical, creative, critical thinking problem-solvers who do exceptionally well in math and science courses. But more specifically, they’re typically men. Though there has been an increase of women who are joining and excelling in STEM fields, it’s no surprise that more men are engineers than women. Of all college majors offered, men held the highest degree percentage in the engineering field at 87%.*
HOW MUCH DO THEY MAKE?
Engineers have completely dominated the lifetime earnings chart, taking 9 of the top 10 positions and averaging more than $1.5 million dollars. The math here is simple: Engineers = big bucks, and everyone else… should probably look to date or befriend one of them!
*Bureau of Labor Statistics
*US Census Bureau
*CSU Long Beach, “What Do Engineers Do?”
*MIT Admissions, “Cost and Aid Basics”
*Emory University, “Emory-Georgia Tech team wins NFL Head Health Challenge II for iDETECT brain injury detection”