When choosing a major during a poor economy it is important to pick something that pays well and also suits your interests. Mechanical engineering is one of the best undergraduate degrees to pursue during college due to the high starting salaries and job opportunities. According to www.forbes.com engineers rank first on starting salaries for college graduates. As an economics major I have to pursue graduate school for an MBA which is time consuming, where as mechanical engineers do not need graduate school to land a good job. My dad has been a mechanical engineer for nearly 25 years; I asked him about his job and what it entails. This article will take a look at why mechanical engineering is one of the safest college majors in terms of salary and job security.
Why mechanical engineering is considered recession proof?
The recent recession has had little impact on engineers as a whole, certain industries have had cutbacks, and others have had expansions. Many recent college engineering graduates are making starting salaries around $55,000 and are enjoying many job opportunities. The reason this major is recession proof is because of all the categories that it fits into; the job possibilities are limitless. The expected job growth is expected to grow especially with government granted “Green Collar” jobs. Engineers will enjoy higher salaries during expansionary times which can exceed six figures (www.payscale.com) for an experienced engineer.
What would a mechanical engineering major do after college?
Mechanical engineers can get jobs in many different areas since the skills you learn as an undergraduate are transferable. Mechanical engineers can work on gas turbines to news paper presses; the options are limitless. My dad was one of the engineers that designed the New York Times printing press, as well as designed gas turbines for General Electric before the newspaper business. His skills were transferable between the two very different jobs due to the basic knowledge he learned in college. The job opportunities are vast and ever expanding; when companies expand engineering jobs are in high demand.
Who should choose mechanical engineering?
Students that are gifted in the areas of math, physics, and chemistry should look into a job position as a mechanical engineer. The high pay should only lure someone who is truly dedicated to these areas; the job would be very boring for someone who does not enjoy math and science. I job shadowed my dad for one day and as a business major I took the same math classes he had taken in college; I understood the basics but the project he was currently working on could not wrap my interest long enough for me to consider this major. Think carefully before choosing since this will be your career.
The mechanical engineering major is highly technical and requires above average students in both science and math to perform heavy calculations with real world applications. The job expectancy is expected to grow along with ever rising salaries. Mechanical engineering is a solid recession proof major that will not be phased out anytime soon. The skills that are learned at an undergraduate level are transferable into many fields and highly valuable.