Engineering

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

180,651

growing 9.16%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$8,040

growing 6.46%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$40,940

growing 4.73%

Average Wage

$109,324

growing 2.23%

People in Workforce

4.3M

growing 5.13%

Average Employee Age

43.3

declining 0.317%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Engineering degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, and Atlanta, GA. The locations with a relatively high number of Engineering degree recipients are Needham, MA, Glen Cove, NY, and Golden, CO. The most common degree awarded to students studying Engineering is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Engineering and the types of students that study this field. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus awards the most degrees in Engineering in the US, but Webb Institute and Franklin W Olin College of Engineering have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Engineering.

Tuition costs for Engineering majors are, on average, $8,040 for in-state public colleges, and $40,940 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Engineering programs are Public, 2-year institutions (392 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (129,428 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Engineering, is Public, 4-year or above (129,428 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Engineering programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,040

Median In-State Public

$40,940

Median Out of State Private

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus has the most Engineering degree recipients, with 3,636 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Engineering.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Engineering programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Webb Institute and Franklin W Olin College of Engineering have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Engineering, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Engineering

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Engineering by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Engineering.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Engineering graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The industry that employs the most Engineering majors is Architectural, engineering & related services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Video tape & disk rental.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$109,324

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,094

2.23%

1 Year Growth

± 1.4%

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Engineering majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Engineering majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Engineering majors working as Chemical engineers, Civil engineers, and Aerospace engineers.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Engineering majors are Economists, Physicians & surgeons, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

4.3M

2017 Workforce

± 50,149

5.13%

1 Year Growth

± 1.59%

The number of Engineering graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.13%, from 4.09M in 2016 to 4.3M in 2017.

The largest single share of Engineering graduates go on to work as Miscellaneous managers (8.05%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Engineering by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries that employ Engineering majors, by number of employees, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Computer Systems Design, and Construction.

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Industries by Share

4.3M

2017 Workforce

± 50,149

5.13%

1 Year Growth

± 1.59%

The number of Engineering graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.13%, from 4.09M in 2016 to 4.3M in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Engineering graduates by share is Architectural, engineering & related services, followed by Computer Systems Design. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Engineering.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Engineering majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Engineering in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Engineering is 43.3, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Engineering degrees, and White students earn the majority (86,013) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

43.3

Average Age in 2017

± 0.153 Years

0.317%

1 Year Change

± 0.506%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Engineering. The most common ages of employees with this major are 32 and 35 years old, which represent 2.8% and 2.72% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Engineering are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Engineering are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (77.9%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Engineering.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    86,013 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien

    46,396 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    16,770 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Engineering for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    51,857 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    12,539 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Male

    8,958 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Engineering. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    437,422 degree recipients

  2. China

    131,128 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    75,538 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. India

    4.46 times more than expected

  2. United Arab Emirates

    3.83 times more than expected

  3. Singapore

    3.2 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in India that hold Engineering degrees (4.46 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (437,422 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Engineering field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Engineering majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Engineering majors need more than the average amount of Installation, Technology Design, and Science.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Engineering majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Installation is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Complex Problem Solving are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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