Earning an education in engineering-related fields can prepare students to work in any number of careers where engineers play a role. Students pursuing an education in this area of study are typically interested in learning how to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge to find practical solutions to problems. They might apply the knowledge they gain throughout their coursework to work in the field of mechanical engineering, computer hardware engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, or aerospace engineering, among others.
The courses that students take in engineering-related fields programs will vary by the specific concentration that they pursue, though many classes are applicable to all concentrations. Some classes that a student might expect to take for this type of program include:
There are programs in engineering-related fields that are available in both classroom learning and distance learning environments. Some concentrations are more widely available in an online college format than others, so students who might be interested in pursuing their degree online should be sure to research which schools offer the program they are most interested in.
The programs are available at nearly all post-secondary education levels. Certificates, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees are all available at the undergraduate level, while at the postgraduate level master's degrees and doctoral degrees are also available for this area of study. The variety of concentrations available for study will vary from one degree type to another. Students should be sure to find out exactly what level of education is needed to accomplish their career goals before starting work in a particular program.
Engineers are needed in a number of different fields. Some jobs that may be available to someone with a degree in engineering-related fields include:
The job outlook and growth for engineering jobs between 2008 and 2018 will vary by specialty. The largest increase in jobs will be in the field of civil engineering, but the fastest growing specialty is biomedical engineering. Overall, engineering jobs are expected to grow at about the average pace for all occupations and job prospects are expected to be good in the coming years. Job outlook information was found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website, bls.gov.