1. The pay is good. Engineers not only earn lots of respect, but they're highly paid. Even the starting salary for an entry-level job is impressive: The average salary for entry-level Industrial or Mechanical Engineers is between $55,000 and $60,000. The four highest-paying majors in the nation are for those with engineering degrees.
2. You will be employed. Overall, engineering employment is expected to grow by 11 percent over the 2008-18 decade. Industrial engineers are expected to have employment growth of 14 percent over the projections decade, faster than the average for all occupations. Mechanical engineers are expected to have employment growth of 6 percent over the projections decade. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
3. Engineering is NOT BORING! Creative problem solving will take you into uncharted territory, and the ideas of your colleagues will expose you to different ways of thinking. Be prepared to be fascinated and to have your talents stretched in ways you never expected.
4. You don't have to work ALL THE TIME to be successful. Engineering is an exciting profession, but one of its greatest advantages is that it will leave you time for all the other things in your life that you love!
5. You can work anywhere you want. Engineers work in space, underwater and on land. They may be outside to take soil or groundwater samples, supervise construction or testing equipment for firefighters.
6. You can have the opportunity to travel. Field work is a big part of engineering. You may end up designing a skyscraper in London or developing safe drinking-water systems in Asia. Or, you may stay closer to home by working with a high-tech company or a hospital.
7. You can do almost anything with an engineering degree. An engineering degree offers you lots of freedom in finding your dream job. It can be a launching pad for jobs in business, design, medicine, law, and government. To employers or graduate schools, an engineering degree reflects a well-educated individual who has been taught ways of analyzing and solving problems that can lead to success in all kinds of fields.
8. You can be creative. Engineering is a great outlet for the imagination–the perfect field for independent thinkers.
9. You get to work with a diverse group of people. Engineering takes teamwork, and you'll work with all kinds of people inside and outside the field. Whether they're designers or architects, doctors or entrepreneurs, you'll be surrounded by smart, inspiring people.
10. You get to do cool stuff!!