Let’s face it, you’re smart. You passed science and math classes with flying colors, and you are the “go-to” when it comes to computer help. You probably took apart a lot of things in your childhood just to see how they worked. Now here you are, ready to literally build the future.
Engineering has a lot of positives. As suspected, student debt won’t be a concern since finding an engineering career with a starting salary less than $55,000 or an average salary less than $85,000 is more difficult than learning the RubixCube pattern. If money isn’t your driving factor, how about the 85% of engineers who are satisfied with their jobs*, despite longer workdays.
It’s the challenges every day that keep engineers and their ticking minds happy. So if you think you can hack it out with the best of them, brush the dust off that TI84 and get ready. It really is rocket science.*Evaluation Enginering, EE-Evaluation Engineering’s 2013 salary survey, http://www.evaluationengineering.com/articles/201308/work-life-balance-key-to-job-satisfaction.php
Johns Hopkins University offers 71 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,767 Engineering students graduated with students earning 1,206 Master's degrees, 406 Bachelor's degrees, 120 Doctoral degrees, and 35 Certificates.
University of Maryland-Baltimore County offers 22 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 455 Engineering students graduated with students earning 341 Bachelor's degrees, 66 Master's degrees, 30 Certificates, and 18 Doctoral degrees.
Aspiring engineers who want to serve their country will be hard-pressed to find a stronger fit than the U.S. Naval Academy. The institution offers programs in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering, weapons and systems engineering, and aerospace engineering. All put a premium on learning skills that equip graduates to be productive members of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marines following graduation, though some go into civilian careers at the end of their mandatory service time. USNA considers hands-on experiences a vital component of an engineering education. For ocean engineers, this might mean studying wave mechanics in the Academy’s state-of-the-art hydromechanics lab. Aerospace engineers might serve a summer internship with a defense contractor such as Boeing or Lockheed Martin. All engineering majors complete a capstone senior design project and present it during a well-attended, day-long event in the spring. Past teams have built an energy-efficient ship to take supplies to small Caribbean islands and designed cyclone shelters for people in Bangladesh using local materials. These meaningful projects clearly go beyond your typical resume bullet point.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD||18 : 1||27,079|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore, MD||24 : 1||13,602|
|Morgan State University Baltimore, MD||17 : 1||7,763|
|United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD||14 : 1||4,538|
|Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD||43 : 1||17,732|
|Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD||48 : 1||12,655|
|Harford Community College Bel Air, MD||55 : 1||5,705|
|Howard Community College Columbia, MD||45 : 1||9,110|
|Carroll Community College Westminster, MD||40 : 1||3,126|
|Baltimore City Community College Baltimore, MD||46 : 1||4,909|
|Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD||16 : 1||5,473|
|Chesapeake College Wye Mills, MD||40 : 1||2,184|
|Goucher College Baltimore, MD||19 : 1||2,168|
|McDaniel College Westminster, MD||22 : 1||2,851|
|North American Trade Schools Baltimore, MD||551|
|Stevenson University Stevenson, MD||28 : 1||3,579|
|University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD||24 : 1||4,476|
|Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD||15 : 1||2,227|
|Towson University Towson, MD||24 : 1||22,709|