Mechanical engineering graduates are in high demand in the corporate world, both in direct industrial applications as well as serving in important business consulting roles. A direct application of the degree can lead to work on research and development and manufacturing, although it’s common for engineers to bring their analytical skills to bear in the business consulting world. Often times, engineers will find their skills are high in demand outside of the direct field, which leads to a career in quantitative analysis and possible MBA in the near future. With the growth of consumer electronics design as well as mobile communications and health care field, mechanical engineers are in high demand.
With an average starting salary above $45,000, more experienced engineers earn in the $60-70,000 range, with higher salaries going to those who advance in their field and earn additional degree and licenses including the Professional Engineer (PE) exam.