Engineering is a smart choice if you love math and want a high-paying career. Engineers draw on highly specialized practical knowledge to invent, build, improve and sustain some of society's most fundamental systems, structures, processes and materials, ranging from transportation infrastructures to weapons systems to biomolecule production. Students who major in engineering (aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering (CE), etc.) usually enter into careers that not only have a huge impact on society but are also extremely profitable.
High-Paying Career Paths for Engineers
The highest paid common job for engineering majors included in the 2015-2016 PayScale College Salary Report is a Petroleum Engineer. Petroleum Engineers earn a mid-career median salary of $179,000 and 71 percent of petroleum engineers say that their work is highly meaningful. If you have dollar signs in your eyes after reading those statistics, you'll definitely want to major in Petroleum Engineering, as 74 percent of Petroleum Engineers have that specific major.
The second and third top earning jobs for engineering majors with 10 or more years of experience are Vice President, Engineering and Research ($163,000) and Development Director ($149,000). (Even the lowest median mid-career salaries on the list of common jobs for engineering majors are relatively profitable; they belong to Principal Process Engineers and Staff Design Engineers, each of whom report a mid-career salary of $122,000 a year. Some of the world's most interesting engineers include J. Robert Oppenheimer, Alfred Nobel, Bill Nye, Steve Wozniak, Ellen Ochoa, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, William R. Hewlett, and Neil Young.