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Between civil and mechanical engineers, which has higher job opportunities

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I am confused between civil and mechanical engineering. Which cause to choose #engineering

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Spruce’s Answer

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Growth of job opportunities is predicted to be strong for all engineering disciplines, but does vary slightly between countries and regions based on relative importance by local governments as measured by funding. Here are the projected growth rates from 2016 to 2026 for the US. For other countries, the actual number of degrees awarded and average salaries will probably be less, but relative to each other they should still be similar.

For each engineering discipline, the annual number of undergrad degrees, projected job growth rate, and average midcareer salary are as follows: (1) mechanical – 30,000, 9%, $98,000, (2) electrical – 16,000, 9%, $105,789, (3) civil – 13,000, 11%, $90,161, (4) chemical – 10,000, 8%, $109,904, (5) computer – 7,500, xxx%, $104,749, (6) biomedical – 6600, xxx%, $112,300, (7) industrial – 5000, 10%, $94,274, (8) aerospace and aeronautical – 4000, 6%, $109,862, (9) general – 2300, xxx%, $98,000, (10) petroleum – 2000, xxx%, $170,782.

Most important thing to consider in selecting which engineering discipline is right for you is how much you enjoy it. When I graduated in mechanical in 1980, all the salary numbers were ¼ what they are now, but I still picked mechanical because that’s what I wanted to do. Good luck in selecting the right discipline for you
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Valerie’s Answer

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My first recommendation would be to research what the main roles/jobs each of these disciplines do and pick the one you have more interest in. Otherwise, mechanical engineering can be more general and broad across multiple disciplines. Civil engineering also has several focuses, structural, transportation, hydro, etc. Both are good career options.
Thanks alot Joel J.
Hi Joel, I’m sure you have an idea by now of what the job market is like. There’s a ton of answers in google. Every year there’s an update on projections. I think this is something useful to ask you self. What are you really interested in? Often people work really hard for a career they don’t enjoy for example I’ve seen a few civil engineers that begin working as civil engineers and then decide to start learning how to code to become software engineers. In engineering you will always find a job, some just take time because of the city or state. Don’t worry so much about getting a job worry more about liking what you will be doing. Benneth Perez
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Kalu’s Answer

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Mechanical engineers do have more job opportunities because it is very broad and it touches a lots of disciplines such as designs, constructions, maintenance, services of machinery and structures e.t.c. But in a place where there is high structural construction projects going on, Civil Engineers do have better chances of job.
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Amy’s Answer

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Hi Joel,

Both Civil and Mechanical engineering degrees offer a significant number of job opportunities. If you research what the different roles/jobs are for each major you may be able to determine which one you find more interesting. In general, mechanical engineering can be more general so based purely on available jobs, it tends to have a higher number of postings. Civil engineering tends to deal with structural development, transportation, hydro, electrical, etc. Either way both areas will open many doors to you.
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