According to a recent study by PayScale.com, 11 of the top 15 bachelor’s degrees providing the best salaries are in the field of engineering.
Electrical engineers are in the highest demand, while petroleum engineers top the list as the highest paid (based on experience).
If you’re a college student preparing to graduate in the spring and enter the workforce, now is the perfect time to start planning ahead in regards to the future of your career.
Unsurprisingly, most new graduates consider themselves inexperienced, and therefore are willing to accept whatever salary is initially offered at a job interview. Yet if data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers is correct, then many times new engineers are selling themselves short.
It sounds intimidating, but taking the steps to negotiate is a great way to both assert yourself as a serious professional, and get yourself the pay you deserve.
Think about it: You’ve spent hundreds if not thousands of hours in various courses, hitting the books, taking tests, learning about the processes and preparing for work as a professional engineer.
You’ve shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and are sure to have made sacrifices throughout.