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Careers and Job Placement

What to Engineers Do?

Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solution to technical problems.  Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet societal and consumer needs.

For a wonderful summary of the engineering profession and the disciplines that it includes, please visit the 
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupations Outlook Handbook 

Thinking about a career as an engineer? Consider these statistics:


Average starting salary offers for graduates of bachelor’s degree programs in engineering, according to a July 2009 survey by the National Association of College & Employers was $59,279 1

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that engineers earn some of the highest average entry salaries among those holding bachelor's degrees. In comparison, college graduates in business administration will earn an average of $43,823, those with journalism degrees will average $32,250 annually to start, and graduates with a psychology degree will earn $30,877 in their first year. 2

Not only do engineering majors earn the most, but the field is expected to grow at a fast rate with 178,300 jobs added between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008.

How to Find a Job

Feedback from our recent graduates indicates that many as 80% are either employed in the engineering profession or admitted to graduate school within 6 months of graduation.  

If you are looking for assistance with job placement, please make the connection with

SDSU Career Services
Student Services East 1200
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA  92182-8255

Phone: (619) 594-6851


1: Bureau of Labor Statistics' review of the forcasted salary for engineering degrees (click to view full article)
2: American Council of Engineering Companies give compensation levels for engineering graduates (click to view full article)
3: Wall street journal survey reveals 8 of the top 10 highest paying jobs are engineers (click to view full article)
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