The Benefits of an Engineering Degree

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An engineering degree can sound like a daunting career choice: long hours of study, difficult courses and a rigorous academic schedule. The light at the end of the tunnel is a rewarding career of helping your community and building a better, safer, and more productive world. Here are some of the benefits of majoring in engineering or other STEM-related degree plans.

  • Engineering degrees, as well as other STEM-related degrees, are one of the top fields of study for a majority of those on the Forbes Fortune 500 CEO list.
  • Engineering degrees pay off. Engineering graduates draw some of the highest salaries of all college graduates. The average salary for an engineer is between $60,000 and $180,000 annually.
  • Engineering is a varied and diverse degree program with many specializations and options for special focus or study.
  • Engineering degrees are a tangible way to help serve the larger world, like using sustainable design practices that address our shared energy challenges or finding engineering solutions to protect the against common concerns like floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
  • The rigorous course load prepares students for many challenges, in life and work, encourages creative problem solving, and fosters a spirit of dedication and a life-long love of learning.


These are just the few of the benefits of an engineering degree, and the world can always use more engineers. They help build a new and brighter future for all of us, and IES is happy to be a part of the engineering community that’s building a better, safer, and more productive world.




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