Many engineering-related careers provide a healthy salary that surpasses the United States’ average wage rate for a given job. It is not uncommon for someone with a working knowledge of engineering principles to earn over $100,000 a year from their occupation, and there are many ways a hopeful employee can increase not only their chances to land an engineering job but also their potential for earnings after having acquired it. For one thing, some specific fields of engineering naturally pay more than others, so workers hoping to earn as much as they can should consider pursuing pharmaceutical engineering or some other field that requires an especially high degree of technical knowledge.
Education and Engineering
It is critical to earn a Master’s Degree in a particular field of engineering before trying to establish a related career that pays very well. Job interviewers will obviously want to see that you have received certification that ensures you will have the skills necessary to justify your wages, and you will also need to have honed your skills both during your training and in your free time to ensure that you can fulfill your employers’ expectations as they rise. Once you have acquired a position at a firm, however, you may find that moving your job to a different firm after a while will be likelier to increase your overall salary at a faster rate than confining the scope of your career to a single company.
Additional Steps for Engineering Job Placement
While earning a Master’s Degree should be considered a baseline requirement, you can take your education and level of certification further as you continue working on your job. Early on, you can take the FE Exam to establish your credentials as someone who may take the harder PE Exam at a later date. Once you have passed the first exam, you can work under a formally licensed Professional Engineer over a multiple-year stretch in order to earn the privilege of taking the latter exam, which can earn you the same formal licensing as your superior. Each of these professional licenses expands not only your potential income but also the potential promotions and elevated positions available to engineers in your specific field.
Career Options for Engineering
Alternatively, you may pursue a more managerial angle related to engineering and acquire an MBA degree so that you can work to direct an engineering company’s business prospects. It is not common for a licensed engineer to display the business savvy necessary to do so, and this means that there is a fair opportunity for someone in an engineering profession to increase their annual wages by adopting this role.
Technical or business-oriented engineers alike stand to benefit from exhibiting comfortable social skills as well; wages can easily be raised for employees that can competently communicate and coordinate with their fellow technicians on group-driven projects. Likewise, the capacity to comfortably engage with a client or someone else from outside the company is an important component in the collection of skills necessary for someone aspiring to attain a better-paying leadership role.
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