How to become an Engineer

To work as an engineer, the following may be required of you:

  1. Start with a high school diploma with a good background in math and science.
  2. Earn a bachelor's degree in engineering. This is mandatory for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.
  3. In addition to a bachelor's degree in engineering, many colleges also offer 2-year or 4-year degree programs in engineering technology which get students ready for hands-on design and manufacturing work. However, graduates of engineering technology are not qualified to register as professional engineers under the same terms as graduates with degrees in engineering.
  4. Get licensed as an engineer. Every state in the U.S. requires engineers who offer their services publicly to be licensed before they can get an engineering job in their state.
  5. Engineers must be creative, logical and inquisitive.
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What skills help Engineers find jobs?

  • CAD
  • Leadership Experience
  • C/C++
  • Linux
  • Splunk
  • Python
  • Jenkins
  • AWS
  • Windows
  • Shell Scripting
  • Continuous Integration
  • Computer Networking
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Career progression for Engineer

Education levels for Engineers

Based on the requirements of Engineer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's Degree51.7%
High School Diploma or GED26.5%
Master's Degree13.9%
Doctoral Degree4.9%
Associate's Degree3.0%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Engineer in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0-4$54,600
4-8$62,300
8-12$73,000
12-16$78,800
16-20$81,100
20-24$84,900
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Common qualifications for Engineers

  • Professional Engineer
  • CISSP
  • CompTIA Security+
  • IAT
  • CCNA
  • IAT Level II
  • CEH
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • CCNP
  • Certified Analytics Professional
  • IAT Level III
  • IAM Level II
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for an Engineer

What is the job outlook for an engineer?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the engineering field is expected to grow a total of 4% between 2014 and 2024, with biomedical engineer job growth estimated at 23.1%, environmental engineering by 12.4% and civil engineering by 8.4% by 2024.

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How can an engineer advance their career?

Engineers who desire to further their career may do so by continuing their training, obtaining graduate degrees like a master's and doctorate, as well as choosing an engineering specialty where they may advance to leadership or managerial positions.

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