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
South Dakota State University offers 29 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 303 Engineering students graduated with students earning 217 Bachelor's degrees, 70 Master's degrees, 9 Certificates, and 7 Doctoral degrees.
University of South Dakota offers 11 Engineering degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 76 Engineering students graduated with students earning 53 Bachelor's degrees, 13 Master's degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD||16 : 1||2,525|
|South Dakota State University Brookings, SD||22 : 1||11,512|
|University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD||24 : 1||9,920|
|Lake Area Technical College Watertown, SD||21 : 1||2,228|
|Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD||17 : 1||1,162|
|Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD||26 : 1||2,380|
|Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD||30 : 1||3,858|
|Northern State University Aberdeen, SD||38 : 1||3,427|
|Sinte Gleska University Mission, SD||31 : 1||549|
|Dakota State University Madison, SD||31 : 1||3,268|
|Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, SD||26 : 1||1,214|
|Sisseton Wahpeton College Sisseton, SD||9 : 1||119|
|National American University-Rapid City Rapid City, SD||1,554 : 1||1,554|