Have you decided on a career path in engineering? That’s an excellent choice. It can be difficult to choose a specific job because you don’t always know if the sector will keep growing, become redundant, or become oversaturated. The current trend is towards automation and IT, and this will continue in 2020 and beyond. However, traditional options such as petroleum and civil engineering are still very popular. This post aims to list some jobs with the biggest salary potential.
Cartographers make world maps. Their job is to collect data about geographical regions and represent it on charts or maps. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this job to have the highest growth rate – salaries are projected to increase by 15% by 2028.
Data Science Engineers
Software engineering has witnessed consistent growth in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down. Data science engineers are software engineers who extract meaning from large amounts of data. Robust sets of data, collectively referred to as “big data,” come from financial, medical, e-commerce, and other sectors.
You will need a bachelor’s degree to become a marine engineer. These professionals develop technical drawings of ship systems and are responsible for system maintenance. Some marine engineers are employed on ships out at sea. This job expects to see a higher-than-average growth rate of 9% until 2028.
Environmental Engineering Technicians
These professionals, who must hold an associate degree, are responsible for operating machines that eliminate toxins. In addition, environmental engineering technicians must also collect and test samples. Working under the guidance of environmental engineers, they implement strategies to clean polluted areas and detect environmental damage. This profession foresees a 9% growth rate from 2018 to 2028.
Automation and Robotics
Typically, automation and robotics engineers are either electronics, mechanical, or mechatronic engineers. Currently, the “safest” jobs are those within this sector as we near a fully automated world. Robotic systems have mastered repetitive, menial tasks that don’t require the attention to detail and dexterity a human being can provide. However, robots are evolving past assembly and single-arm welding to complex humanoid machines with constant advances in energy storage, computing, and materials. The lauded Boston Dynamics robot is an example of this type of engineering. In addition, automation and robotics engineers participate in every aspect of the prototyping, development, testing, and commissioning of robotic systems.
Biomedical engineers design computer software, medical equipment, and other elements used in the biological or medical science fields. To be a biomedical engineer, you need a bachelor’s degree in a discipline such as bioengineering. These professionals anticipate a 4% job growth rate, which is among the highest of all engineering jobs.
Environmental engineers are responsible for devising strategies to address environmental issues. This can involve developing technologies to remove pollutants or identify polluted areas. However, the technicians they supervise then do the actual fieldwork. Interestingly, technicians expect a higher job growth rate than their supervisors – 9% vs. 5%. Still, a job growth rate of 5% in this domain is above the average, with environmental engineers being in high demand.
With a projected job growth rate of 3%, demand for petroleum engineers is increasing faster than the national average. These engineers’ job is to determine how to acquire natural gas and other subterranean resources. Moreover, they also supervise drilling.
Last but not least, civil engineering remains a sought-after occupation in 2020, continuing the trend observed in recent years. Civil engineers construct infrastructure. This is an excellent field to work in because there are multiple civil engineering branches, which make market saturation next to impossible. Transportation engineering, structural engineering, and road engineering are among the main subsectors of this domain.