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What are a few of the most versatile engineering degrees?

I plan on going into the field of engineering but there are so many choices that I am having difficulty finding out the best degree for the job market. #engineering #job-market


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Peter’s Answer

Hello, Joseph:


Civil Engineering offers a very wide range of career possibilities:

Transportation Engineering

Water Supply

Wastewater Treatment

Hydrology (Water Resources)

Structural (bridges, buildings)

Geotechnical Engineering


As a Civil Engineer, you can choose to work for a private consulting firm. With some experience, you can easily open your own small consulting firm, as many do. There is great demand for civil engineers at the city, county and state level of government, most often working in public works departments. Of course you can also go into academia doing teaching and/or doing research.

I have had a very satisfying career in Civil Engineering. There is always great demand in this Field and the pay is certainly above-average.


Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant, PE


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Shumon’s Answer

Hi, Joseph. First off, it's great you are looking at engineering as a career path. I think you would find it a rewarding profession. I would like to highlight pursuing a mechanical engineering (ME) degree as one of the more versatile ones. ME has been around for hundreds of years dating back to the simple machines such as the lever, pulley, screw, etc. As an ME, you can help design cars, airplanes, space ships, biomedical implants, etc. I have friends that studied ME and went on to pursue civil engineering jobs and design buildings and bridges. I have also seen classmates of mine who studied ME and work on business-oriented tasks such as project management. ME can take you down quite an adventurous career. Cheers

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Simon’s Answer

Mechanical engineering is probably the most versatile, but if you are more interested in controls and electrical, than machines and mechanical things, mechanical engineering is not for you. Engineering offers you a wide variety of opportunities, from opening your own practice to engineering companies and working directly for an end user. If you like managing projects you can be a project engineer and jump into a department manager quite easily as I did. As a mechanical engineer I did a lot of projects (with help) from roads and building to process improvements and controls. Finally retiring as the North America engineering manager for a major chemical company. If you work hard, are systematic, and communicate well, you can be a success in any of the things engineering fields.

Simon recommends the following next steps:

Explore each engineering field that interests you.
Make sure you don’t forget verbal and written communication skills
Manage a team to hone your management skills.

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