Engineering Degrees – Post Military Career Option

An engineering degree, post military, can be critical to a long career in this field as many job positions require at least a bachelors degree.  The good news is that your military training may already qualify you for college credits.  Combine that with your Post 9-11 GI Bill® assistance, other forms of Veterans Affair benefits and military discounts offered by colleges and universities, and you’re already on your way to earning an engineering degree.

Degree options to pursue a career in engineering include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Gas Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Compensation according to the Department of Labor’s National Compensation Survey:

Career Mean Earnings Median Earnings
Engineering occupations  $   72,638  $   68,700
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists  $   60,634  $   54,184
Surveyors  $   66,688  $   58,180
Engineers  $   85,001  $   81,748
Aerospace engineers  $106,795  $105,768
Chemical engineers  $   92,263  $   87,214
Civil engineers  $   75,105  $   72,270
Computer hardware engineers  $   98,318  $   97,868
Electrical and electronics engineers  $   85,263  $   81,948
Electrical engineers  $   84,039  $   81,948
Electronics engineers, except computer  $   86,459  $   81,910
Environmental engineers  $   79,206  $   75,356
Industrial engineers, including health and safety  $   78,926  $   76,211
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors  $   88,868  $   76,045
Industrial engineers  $   76,545  $   76,319
Materials engineers  $   81,447  $   74,360
Mechanical engineers  $   76,744  $   73,882
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers  $   98,109  $   80,808
Nuclear engineers  $   90,029  $   87,372
Petroleum engineers  $115,323  $105,000
Drafters  $   51,632  $   46,700
Electrical and electronics drafters  $   44,789  $   46,717
Mechanical drafters  $   50,591  $   46,634
Engineering technicians, except drafters  $   51,718  $   52,000
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians  $   59,219  $   57,183
Civil engineering technicians  $   39,906  $   36,442
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians  $   50,283  $   51,929
Electro-mechanical technicians  $   54,629  $   55,707
Environmental engineering technicians  $   45,782  $   40,404
Industrial engineering technicians  $   53,586  $   53,412
Mechanical engineering technicians  $   57,500  $   51,667
Surveying and mapping technicians  $   46,631  $   44,200


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