Architecture & Engineering

Employment of architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 194,300 new jobs are projected to be added. Most of the projected job growth in this group is in the engineer occupations, as their services will be in demand in various areas such as rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics.

The median annual wage for architecture and engineering occupations was $79,180 in May 2017. The median annual wages for all occupations in this group was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy, which was $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Aerospace Engineering and Operations TechniciansAssociate's degree$67,240
Aerospace EngineersBachelor's degree$113,030
Agricultural EngineersBachelor's degree$74,780
ArchitectsBachelor's degree$78,470
Biomedical EngineersBachelor's degree$88,040
Cartographers and PhotogrammetristsBachelor's degree$63,990
Chemical EngineersBachelor's degree$102,160
Civil Engineering TechniciansAssociate's degree$51,620
Civil EngineersBachelor's degree$84,770
Computer Hardware EngineersBachelor's degree$115,120
DraftersAssociate's degree$54,170
Electrical and Electronics Engineering TechniciansAssociate's degree$63,660
Electrical and Electronics EngineersBachelor's degree$97,970
Electro-mechanical TechniciansAssociate's degree$56,740
Environmental Engineering TechniciansAssociate's degree$50,230
Environmental EngineersBachelor's degree$86,800
Health and Safety EngineersBachelor's degree$88,510
Industrial Engineering TechniciansAssociate's degree$54,280
Industrial EngineersBachelor's degree$85,880
Landscape ArchitectsBachelor's degree$65,760
Marine Engineers and Naval ArchitectsBachelor's degree$90,970
Materials EngineersBachelor's degree$94,610
Mechanical Engineering TechniciansAssociate's degree$55,360
Mechanical EngineersBachelor's degree$85,880
Mining and Geological EngineersBachelor's degree$94,240
Nuclear EngineersBachelor's degree$105,810
Petroleum EngineersBachelor's degree$132,280
Surveying and Mapping TechniciansHigh school diploma or equivalent$43,340
SurveyorsBachelor's degree$61,140


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