Mechanical Engineers

General Information

Description

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit90.94%
  2. Federal government3.17%
  3. Self-employed3.05%
  4. Private, not for profit1.30%
  5. State and local government1.23%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 20,200 openings for mechanical engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$90,160

State-by-state Salary

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$117,190
$65,540
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 82%
  • Associate's degree 6%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Physics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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