Top 10 Engineering Degrees in 2022 in United States USA

Today we are going to be doing this year’s version of the Top 10 Engineering Degrees in 2022 in United States USA, I’m going to be basically giving you some insight on stuff that I’ve only shared with my college 101 core students, I’m basically going to be giving you the cheat sheet to the best engineering Degrees.

Top 10 Engineering Degrees in 2022 in United States USA

So this will definitely help you out if you’re somebody who is thinking about which engineering degree you want to choose.

10. Petroleum Engineering

Number ten, on the list, is going to be Petroleum Engineering. Now the first two on this list are number ten. number nine are two types of Engineering Degrees where the industries that you would likely go into were hit really hard in the last year and a half, two years by the virus that’s going around.

So that’s why these two are going to be lower on the list. Petroleum Engineering is in the energy industry, which fluctuates quite a bit depending on all kinds of different things that you can never really predict. But let’s go over Petroleum Engineering really quick.

Last year, about 2100 people did graduate with a bachelor’s degree and they were awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering, the early career pay is $94,000. And the mid-career pay is an absolutely ridiculous $176,000 a year that is the highest of all the different types of bachelor’s degree’s period.

So petroleum engineering is absolutely ridiculous. It sets the bar when it comes to salary. So the salary score that I calculated is literally 100 out of 100. It is the highest on the entire list.

That demand score, however, which I calculate by using several different methods but mostly looking up how many job postings have the word Petroleum Engineering degree in them. And I usually look them up on or

You know, only 301 job postings actually have that as a keyword. So the demand scores are relatively low about 34. And then on top of that, it’s probably bad because of the fact that the economy’s down. However, the meeting score is one of the highest on the entire list. It’s about 72%.

9. Aerospace Engineering

Number nine, a very similar kind of in the same boat is going to be Aerospace Engineering. Last year, about 4000 people were awarded this degree, you start off making about $69,000 a year and then $118,000 in mid-career pay.

So very solid salary again, one of the highest paying now the demand score is actually pretty decent. There are about 1048 job listings that have an aerospace engineering degree as a keyword.

So the demand score is decent. And again, the airline industry, aerospace in general also does seem to kind of fluctuate with the economy. So it is one of those where you know, a lot of people end up getting laid off at certain points.

8. Biomedical Engineering

Number eight is one where a couple of years ago, I put it as my dark horse candidate, and all signs are pointing towards this one getting better and better. I think it’s a really good option, especially if you’re somebody who’s interested in medical, but you also want to do engineering. That is of course Biomedical Engineering.

Last year, about 6900 people graduated with this one, the early career pays about $66,000 a year mid-career pay is $114,000. So again, pretty good salary there, even when you compare it to the other engineering degrees, it’s pretty decent.

Of course, engineering degrees have the highest salaries out of all the different types of majors out there, the demand score is going to be 100.

Then on top of that, it has a relatively good meaning score as well, which does tend to be a good indicator of you being happy with your job long term, right? So not just happy for a few years, but finding that lasting fulfillment.

7. Civil Engineering

Number seven on the list is going to be Civil Engineering one of the most common types of engineering degrees. Last year about 13,000 people graduated with this one, it is one of the lower-paying engineering degrees. Early career pays about $60,000 mid-career pay is $102,000.

So the salary score only came out to be about 69 however about 11,000 listings had this as a keyword right. So that is very good. The demand score is going to be 103. So yeah, civil engineering is relatively flexible.

When you look at all the different factors which I’ve done when broken down, you know all of these degrees and videos. There are some other things that kind of keep it down a little bit, but it can be a really good option for the right person.

6. Chemical Engineer Engineering

Number six on the list is going to be Chemical Engineer Engineering. And this is one where about 10,000 people graduated last year, this is one of the highest paying types of engineering degrees, you’re going to start off making about $72,000 a year and mid-career pay is $127,000.

Now when it comes to the number of jobs available, there are about 4000 job listings that specifically mentioned chemical engineering degrees. One thing to know about chemical engineering is a lot of the time, you’re going to have to move to some semi-remote place in order to land your first job later on.

Once you’ve got some experience, you can probably live in a more desirable place. But in order to get those first two years of entry-level experience, you might have to move somewhere that you don’t want to move.

5. Industrial Engineering

Number five on the list is going to be one of my favorites. I’m very, very bullish on this one is going to be Industrial Engineering, about 5200 people graduated with this degree last year, you start off making $67,000 a year, and $110,000 in mid-career pay.

So pretty good salary there. Now the demand score is about 101, which is pretty good for this one. But I think more than just the demand score, unfortunately, there are certain things you just can’t really quantify.

Industrial engineering is extremely useful. And it’s also extremely flexible in many ways. And in some ways, it’s flexible in ways that we can’t even predict, right, because we don’t know how fast automation is going to happen. Industrial engineering is going to be one of the best possible careers if that does happen fast.

So in some ways, this one, in my opinion, is relatively future proof, you’re going to be learning a lot of engineering skills, but also, on the other hand, you’re going to be learning a lot of business skills.

So yeah, a really solid option like this one a lot. I wouldn’t even be surprised if it rises up the list in the next five to 10 years.

4. Mechanical Engineering

Number four, Mechanical Engineering, is the most common engineering degree with about 32,000 graduates last year. One thing to mention with engineering degrees and just degrees, in general, is sometimes being a common degree is actually a huge advantage.

The reason for that is because it’s basically like a brand name. So when I say brand name, what I mean by that is, you know, if you’re one of the biggest companies in the world, pretty much everybody recognizes your brand.

The same thing goes for degrees, there are degrees out there where pretty much nobody knows what it is, or very few people know what it is. Then even the ones who do have ever actually hired someone with that degree.

So you know, one example is an up and comer, which is Mechatronics. Engineering, and that’s a great degree. But I mean, how many people have actually hired people with a Mechatronics Engineering Degree, versus hiring people with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. So that brand name factor is very strong.

Not saying it should be, but it just is, chances are a lot of the time if there are two candidates, and they’re exactly equal, they’re going to go for the one where they recognize the degree because they’ve hired people with a mechanical engineering degree before, they’re going to feel more comfortable with that more familiar with it,

They’re likely going to go with that person. So with that being said, early-career pays $66,000 a year, mid-career pay is $110,000.

Pretty decent demand score is 105. Also very good. So yeah, this is a good one, if you are not 100% sure what you want to do, and you want to keep some flexibility, really, really good one for you to go with.

That’s what I always tell people when I you know, answer emails and that sort of thing, you’re not 100% sure which one you want to go with.

Go with a mechanical engineering degree, because let’s be honest, a lot of the time as much as I say it, you know, you’re not 100% Sure which career path you want to go down. When you’re in college, your kind of want to have that flexibility so that you can have the option to change your mind in the future.

3. Electrical Engineering

Number three on the list is an another degree that’s relatively flexible, and also very, very good. And that is Electrical Engineering. Last year, about 16,000 people graduated with this one, and it’s also one of the highest paying ones starting off about $70,000 a year and mid-career pay is $119,000.

Now the demand score on this one is 109. And even more than that, there’s 16,000 graduates yet, electrical engineering degree is mentioned 28,000 times when you look it up on websites like or

That means there’s nearly twice as many job listings that mentioned an electrical engineering degree. Then there are people graduating with an electrical engineering degree that is a very good sign. And one thing that’s great about this one is it’s a lot more flexible.

You see electrical engineers working in the technology industry, some Have them end up becoming computer programmers. There’s a lot of different, you know, routes that you can go down. Sometimes they work in hardware instead of software.

So yeah, if you know you want to work in the technology industry, but you’re not exactly sure what you want to do, this could be a really good one for you to go for.

2. Computer Engineering

Number two on the list is going to be Computer Engineering. Last year, about 7000 people graduated with this one. And the pay is even higher than electrical engineering, the start of about $72,000 a year, and $120,000 in mid-career pay.

Now the demand score is 107. But looking into that even a little more deeply, there are 7000 graduates, but 21,000 listings mentioned computer engineering degree, that’s a three to one ratio there. So again, a very, very good sign that this is a degree that is high in demand.

So again, with a computer engineering degree, you might end up working in hardware, that would make a lot of sense, but a lot of people graduate with it, and then end up working in software. So they might end up as a software engineer doing the coding.

There are so many other positions in technology that a computer engineering degree would set you up for.

1. Software Engineering

Number One On the List is going to be Software Engineering. This is one where you’re learning a skill that is ridiculously valuable, which is computer programming, you’re learning how to code only about 1000 graduates last year, however, you start off making about $69,000 a year and $112,000 in mid-career pay.

Now get this that salary is good. A lot of the time in technology, you get more than just your base salary, you’re also getting bonuses, you’re also getting like ridiculous benefits, stock incentives from the company all kinds of really good stuff like that technology industry is known for giving people the best benefits.

Check this out. 1000 graduates last year, 77,000 job listings mention software engineering degree a 77 to one ratio if that isn’t a sign that this one is high in demand. I don’t know how to tell if something’s high in demand, apparently 127 demand score just off the charts.

So not only is this going to be good now, it’s going to be good in the future. It’s going to be relatively future-proof. You’re also going to be working in one of the best industries that has some of the highest job satisfaction scores.

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