NASA, Google and Boeing are three companies that employ engineers and are the top three companies for aspiring engineers, states Forbes. Engineering jobs can be dividing into four subdisciplines: civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical.
Engineers use math and science to work toward developing and implementing solutions to technical problems. Many engineers select a field to specialize in, and the majority of engineering jobs are concentrated to specific areas. Chemical engineering jobs are most commonly found in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and California. Unlike chemical engineers, electrical engineers are in demand across the country, as they are needed in areas with dated infrastructure that requires repairs and innovations, in addition to developing areas. Like electrical engineers, mechanical engineering jobs are available across the country; however, the majority of mechanical engineering jobs are found in the south, as the majority of manufacturing jobs have moved to this region. Civil engineering jobs are also in high demand, as these jobs are found in areas with an expanding population and areas with old infrastructure.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, petroleum engineers are the highest paid engineers, earning a median salary of $130,280 as of 2012. As of 2012, the BLS, estimates there were 38,500 petroleum engineering jobs available with an expected increase of 26 percent from 2012 to 2022. Petroleum engineering is expected to be a rapidly expanding field, as the average projected growth for all jobs is only 11 percent.