Engineering students talk salary


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Students work on a project in Dr. Michael Voichek's Principles of Engineering course at North Penn High School.

Dr. Michael Voicheck, Technology Education Dept. NPHS

TOWAMENCIN – If you had to spend roughly 2000 hours at a job every year, where would you work? In your working lifetime of 40 years, you’re going to spend a lot of time as an employee. That’s 80,000 hours, or 9.2 solid years working around the clock. How much will you make? Will it be enough? Will you have enough education to sustain yourself in a lifestyle that you want?

Students in Principles of Engineering, course number 5465, are getting quite an earful about career choices. With college and choice on an ever looming horizon for the ones lucky enough to afford it, choosing the wrong one could set you back tens of thousands of dollars. Paying for college can be a daunting thing to ponder, but the right career choice can make that investment easier to pay off.

So, what can you make as an engineer? Apparently, it’s a lot of money. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual salary for engineering starts at $74,000 as an Agricultural Engineer. It’s almost double that for Petroleum Engineers, and both careers only require a bachelor’s degree in engineering. With an Associate’s degree, requiring only two years of college, an engineering technician earns around $52,000. After taxes, that’ll leave you with roughly $1400 every two weeks! In terms of return on investment, that’s fantastic.

Let’s make one thing very clear here. Obtaining a degree in engineering is definitely not a walk in the park. Most college engineering curricula require multiple levels of calculus, chemistry, and physics. This could make you wonder if engineering is the right choice for you. Do you really want to wait until after high school to find out about this cool stuff? Don’t delay. Sign up for Technology & Engineering courses today!

We know for a fact that taking courses in these topics in high school does make a huge difference. A survey sent out in 2012 indicated that 100% of our high school engineering students recommend that other students take these courses too.

If you want to learn more about careers in engineering and technology or if you’re just curious about the best kept secret at North Penn, come down to H-pod and find out what everyone’s been talking about.