The Engineering field offers a wide variety of career paths that are projected to increase by some 9 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. School systems are building strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculums to prepare a qualified workforce for this growing segment of jobs.
The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity Monthly Employment Report states that there are roughly 841 jobs in the Engineering field in Pinal County as of December 2018 and projected to grow to 921 jobs by the year 2026.
Source: The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity
How to start an Engineering career
According to a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) study, the average starting salary for college graduates earning engineering degrees is $64,891– the highest average salary for all academic majors.
If you are the kind of person who has a natural curiosity about how things work, perhaps the Engineering field is for you. Turning ideas into reality is how Engineers make things work.
If you want to pursue an Engineering program but have limited resources, general education courses in math, science and technology are affordably available online. Taking coursework online affords students the ability to work around your own schedule and at your own pace. Taking online courses makes it more manageable to go to school and maintain part-time employment.
Arizona Educational opportunities
Research the various universities that have strong Engineering programs in Arizona and in other states.
Northern Arizona University offers civil, electrical/ computer, environmental and mechanical engineering programs.
- NAU offers 15 different engineering degrees. These programs range from aerospace, architectural, mining engineering, etc. The university also offers joint programs with colleges such as Central Arizona College.
- ASU also offers a good variety of engineering programs ranging from manufacturing, robotics and systems engineering.
Arizona State University
ASU’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering offers students the opportunity to apply the principles of engineering and the life sciences to improve human health. Students work alongside ASU’s world-class faculty in state-of-the-art labs and prepare to work in one of the fastest growing careers over the next decade. Whether you want to start a company, discover new therapies, create engineered gene networks, research brain machine interfaces, develop virtual reality-based rehabilitation engines or grow new organs ASU will provide you with the tools.
The degrees offered at ASU are:
- Biomedical engineering
- Computer systems engineering
- Engineering management
- Industrial engineering
- Software engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Aerospace engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Construction engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Civil engineering
Sources: NAU and ASU websites