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Careers for Engineering Majors

What is an Engineering major?

Engineers design, develop, maintain and modify the tools of our technological society.

It is a problem-solving profession that uses sciences, technology and common sense to design, construct, maintain and distribute goods, services and information.

The broad profession of engineering is usually broken down into four basic categories: electrical and electronic, chemical, civil, and mechanical. Most other engineering careers have specialized concentrations in the four basic categories. Also visit the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. And browse career resources on our engineering page.

Common careers for Engineering majors:

Aeronautics, electrical industries, mining industries, government agencies, transportation and higher education.

Common job titles held by these engineering majors include:

  • acoustical engineer
  • nuclear engineer
  • aeronautical engineer
  • electronics instructor
  • operations engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • engineering educator
  • physicist
  • biomedical engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • project engineer
  • ceramic engineer
  • field service engineer
  • quality control engineer
  • chemical engineer
  • fire protection engineer
  • radar engineer
  • geologist
  • research engineer
  • civil engineer
  • safety engineer
  • communication systems engineer
  • computer engineer
  • industrial engineer
  • software engineer
  • consulting engineer
  • industrial engineer
  • systems design engineer
  • control engineer
  • licensing engineer
  • systems engineer
  • decontamination engineer
  • maintenance engineer
  • teaching
  • design engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • technical engineer
  • development engineer
  • metallurgical engineer
  • test engineer
  • electrical engineer

Professional skills of Engineering majors:

In addition to the careers listed above, engineering majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • ability to operate computers
  • sensitivity to economic needs
  • proficiency in math/physical science
  • ability to conduct/explain scientific data
  • ability to analyze, organize, & interpret data
  • ability to make sound judgments
  • ability to work well with others
  • aptitude for accurate details
  • research skills
  • eye/hand coordination
  • ability to concentrate
  • logic and reasoning
  • ability to follow systematic procedures
  • ability to understand the art of measurement
  • ability to apply physical principles to the solution
  • ability to use technical equipment to solve problems
  • ability to solve open-ended problems