The 2018 Jobs Rated Report

The 2018 Jobs Rated Report

By:
CareerCast.com

Careers in engineering offer some of the most promising opportunities in the American labor market. Consider the findings of the National Center for Education Statistics report “The Condition of Education 2018.”

It finds that the three most financially lucrative fields of study for bachelor’s degree recipients ages 25-to-29 – ergo, recent grads – are Electrical Engineering ($74,790); Mechanical Engineering ($71,860); and other Engineering disciplines ($65,480).  

The perks of earning a degree in engineering do not end with salaries, either. The same report also found that some of the lowest unemployment rates among recent graduates were engineering students. Electrical Engineering was 3.3%, assorted other Engineering disciplines 2.3%, and Mechanical Engineering 1.9%.

Promising jobs numbers do not end with early-career engineers, either. Some of the highest-paying fields tracked in the annual CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report are in engineering, and virtually all engineering careers have positive growth outlook, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts.

Salary and job prospects are two of the categories CareerCast.com uses to grade and rank careers, so it should come as no surprise as the 10 Best Jobs in Engineering rank in the top 72 overall across all industries and titles evaluated for 2018.

Among those engineering jobs that pay particularly well, Petroleum Engineer at $132,280 is the ninth-highest paid career in the 2018 Jobs Rated report. Petroleum Engineer is one of four of the Best Jobs in Engineering that pay an annual median salary of more than $95,000, which also includes Aerospace Engineer ($113,030), Materials Scientist ($99,530) and Electrical Engineer ($97,970).

Employment prospects and competitive pay are appealing, certainly, but they are not the only qualities that define an attractive career. Paths in engineering can also mean making a positive difference on a community – and even the planet.

Civil Engineer is one of CareerCast.com’s Best Jobs in Engineering for 2018. This field offers opportunities to improve the infrastructure of a community, an increasingly pressing concern for millions of Americans.

Likewise, Environmental Engineers work to make a positive impact in a variety of ways, whether it be environmental protection; removal and recycling of waste products; decelerating climate change; and much more.

Engineering is such a vast industry, requiring work that might defy expectations. If you are a writer, for example, engineering might be the best destination for your career: Technical Writers are in high-demand at an 11% projected growth rate by 2026.

Engineering careers have much to offer. Consider these 10, ranked per their place in the 2018 CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report. 

Meteorologist
21
Overall Rating:
22/218
214
Median Salary:$92,070
Work Environment
Very Good
35/218
45.30
Stress
Low
53/218
15.765
Projected Growth
Good
75/218
12.00
Human Resources Manager
22
Overall Rating:
23/218
217
Median Salary:$110,120
Work Environment
Very Good
22/218
44.20
Stress
Low
57/218
16.079
Projected Growth
Fair
116/218
9.00
Librarian
23
Overall Rating:
24/218
226
Median Salary:$58,520
Work Environment
Very Good
24/218
44.30
Stress
Very Low
13/218
11.647
Projected Growth
Fair
116/218
9.00
Computer Systems Analyst
24
Overall Rating:
25/218
229
Median Salary:$88,270
Work Environment
Very Good
19/218
44.00
Stress
Low
72/218
17.604
Projected Growth
Fair
116/218
9.00
Compliance Officer
25
Overall Rating:
26/218
231
Median Salary:$67,870
Work Environment
Very Good
22/218
44.20
Stress
Very Low
2/218
5.763
Projected Growth
Poor
174/218
5.00
Petroleum Engineer
26
Overall Rating:
27/218
233
Median Salary:$128,230
Work Environment
Good
63/218
48.30
Stress
Medium
101/218
20.849
Projected Growth
Good
51/218
15.00
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
27
Overall Rating:
28/218
241
Median Salary:$81,100
Work Environment
Very Good
11/218
43.10
Stress
Very Low
40/218
14.612
Projected Growth
Poor
166/218
6.00
Chiropractor
28
Overall Rating:
29/218
245
Median Salary:$68,640
Work Environment
Fair
88/218
51.30
Stress
Very Low
36/218
14.406
Projected Growth
Good
75/218
12.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
29
Overall Rating:
30/218
256
Median Salary:$65,620
Work Environment
Very Good
35/218
45.30
Stress
Very Low
1/218
5.069
Projected Growth
Very Good
40/218
17.00
Medical Records Technician
30
Overall Rating:
31/218
262
Median Salary:$39,180
Work Environment
Very Good
17/218
43.70
Stress
Very Low
6/218
8.520
Projected Growth
Good
68/218
13.00
Biomedical Engineer
30
Overall Rating:
31/218
262
Median Salary:$88,040
Work Environment
Very Good
15/218
43.60
Stress
Low
73/218
17.647
Projected Growth
Poor
145/218
7.00
Paralegal
32
Overall Rating:
33/218
266
Median Salary:$50,410
Work Environment
Very Good
18/218
43.80
Stress
Low
70/218
17.581
Projected Growth
Good
51/218
15.00
Pharmacist
33
Overall Rating:
34/218
274
Median Salary:$124,170
Work Environment
Good
59/218
48.00
Stress
Very Low
43/218
14.816
Projected Growth
Poor
166/218
6.00
Biologist
33
Overall Rating:
34/218
274
Median Salary:$62,290
Work Environment
Good
48/218
46.80
Stress
Low
54/218
15.786
Projected Growth
Fair
131/218
8.00
Loan Officer
35
Overall Rating:
36/218
276
Median Salary:$64,660
Work Environment
Good
68/218
48.90
Stress
Low
56/218
16.000
Projected Growth
Fair
88/218
11.00
Pharmacy Technician
36
Overall Rating:
37/218
277
Median Salary:$31,750
Work Environment
Very Good
19/218
44.00
Stress
Very Low
9/218
9.190
Projected Growth
Good
75/218
12.00
Financial Analyst
37
Overall Rating:
38/218
282
Median Salary:$84,300
Work Environment
Good
55/218
47.50
Stress
Medium
97/218
20.300
Projected Growth
Fair
88/218
11.00
Occupational Therapy Assistant
37
Overall Rating:
38/218
282
Median Salary:$56,690
Work Environment
Very Good
30/218
44.80
Stress
Very Low
33/218
14.222
Projected Growth
Very Good
15/218
28.00
Economist
39
Overall Rating:
40/218
286
Median Salary:$102,490
Work Environment
Very Good
19/218
44.00
Stress
Low
79/218
18.291
Projected Growth
Poor
166/218
6.00
Technical Writer
40
Overall Rating:
41/218
287
Median Salary:$70,930
Work Environment
Very Good
27/218
44.50
Stress
Medium
90/218
19.643
Projected Growth
Fair
88/218
11.00
Type of Ranking
Year
2018