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.
A highly paid common job for engineering majors according to the PayScale College Salary Report is Petroleum Engineer. Petroleum Engineers earn a mid-career median salary around $200,000, and a high percentage of petroleum engineers say that their work is highly meaningful.
Other top-earning jobs for engineering majors with 10 or more years of experience are Vice President, Engineering and Research and Development Director. Even the lowest median mid-career salaries on the list of common jobs for engineering majors are relatively profitable. Some of the world's most notable engineers include J. Robert Oppenheimer, Alfred Nobel, Bill Nye, Steve Wozniak, Ellen Ochoa, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, William R. Hewlett, and Neil Young.