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Electrical Engineering
Hottest area for Electrical Engineers is solid-state circuit designers, reported as $115,000 even surpassed managers' salaries. Engineers who work in industrial application and systems and control had the lowest wages but these wages were well above national norms. Salaries are highest by far in San Francisco, Followed by Boston, Baltimore, San Diego. Salaries are high in Chicago and Raleigh Durham region, Portland (Oregon), Dallas, Los Angles, Phoenix (Arizona). Hot careers for Electrical engineers are DSP, C/C++, ASIC design, Analog design, Systems integration, Opto/Optoelectronic, Wireless design, Deep sub micron integrated circuit.

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineers develop power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. They also design tools needed by other engineers for their work. Computers assist mechanical engineers by accurately and efficiently performing computations and by aiding the design process by permitting the modeling and simulation of new designs. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) are used for design data processing and for developing alternative designs.

Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, or production methods. They often use Computer-aided Design (CAD) Tools, robotics, and lasers and advanced electronic optics . Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, provided almost 15 percent of Aerospace engineers jobs. Average Entry level jobs for MS candidates is about 65K and for PhD. it is 70K

Computer Science
With the downturn in the jobs market, a lot of the leading-edge and mission-critical projects have been put on hold. So in terms of recruitment there has been a massive shift from J2EE or Java, C++ projects, or at least projects that require those technologies to more database export oriented projects. There is increased demand for project manager work and people with SAP and Oracle skills. Mainframe skills are no longer as much in demand, notably: AS400, RPG, Cobol, Cics. A lot of new projects with strong server side such as Java, J2B, EJB, plus languages like C# and C++ is always going to be around. Most CS jobs are in California (Core Software companies) and NY (Financial firms), Texas region.
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Top 5 Master's Degrees in most Demand
  • M.B.A.
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Top 5 Ph.D.'s Degrees in most Demand
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering

  • Salary Report (avg. salary in USA)
  • Aeronautical Engineer 57k
  • Biomedical Engineer 55k
  • Chemical Engineer 66k
  • Computer Programmer 61k
  • Electrical Engineer 60k
  • Industrial Engineer 59k
  • Mechanical Engineer 58k
  • Civil Engineer 52k
  • In 2008, engineers (USA) held about 1.6 million jobs. Following is the distribution of employment by engineering specialty:

    Civil engineers 278,400
    Mechanical engineers 238,700
    Industrial engineers 214,800
    Electrical engineers 157,800
    Electronics engineers, except computer 143,700
    Computer hardware engineers 74,700
    Aerospace engineers 71,600
    Environmental engineers 54,300
    Chemical engineers 31,700
    Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 25,700
    Materials engineers 24,400
    Petroleum engineers 21,900
    Nuclear engineers 16,900
    Biomedical engineers 16,000
    Marine engineers and naval architects 8,500
    Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 7,100
    Agricultural engineers 2,700
    Engineers, all other 183,200


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