Careers in Engineering

Careers in Engineering

Engineering is a top career choice for many students. Great pay, low unemployment rates and ability to work almost anywhere in the world makes for a winning combination that many are ready to pursue.  

U.S. News & World Report recently listed the top eight engineering jobs based on many factors including median income and unemployment rate. Explore the report. According to the report, the #1 position is that of a Mechanical Engineer with a median income of $84,000 and an unemployment rate of just 1.1%. What does a mechanical engineer do?  Here is the full list of the top 8 engineering jobs:

#1 Mechanical Engineer
#2 Civil Engineer
#3 Cartographer
#4 Petroleum Engineer
#5 Architect
#6 Biomedical Engineer 
#7 Environmental Engineering Technician
#8 Environmental Engineer

As the most diverse college in the Midwest, Donnelly College is a proud catalyst for underrepresented groups such as African American, Native American and Latino women and men pursuing engineering and STEM-related careers. To learn more about national initiatives around diversity in engineering, visit the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Innovative program for students interested in engineering careers

Beginning in the summer of 2018, Donnelly College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will launch a cooperative academic program that will prepare students for careers in engineering.  

Pathways to Engineering Careers (PEC) is a program designed for students who have aptitude for and interest in engineering. Admitted students will complete a structured pre-engineering program at Donnelly. After successful completion of the curriculum, students will enjoy seamless transfer to UMKC's School of Computing and Engineering to work toward a bachelor's degree in the engineering field of their choice. This program is targeted to students who need to boost their math and science readiness before transitioning to UMKC. 

Program highlights include academic instruction and mentoring from outstanding faculty, free tutoring and Supplemental Instruction in STEM courses, service learning activities and undergraduate research opportunities. 

For qualified students, Donnelly College also offers generous merit and need-based scholarships including the National Science Foundation S4 Scholarship specifically designed for students interested in STEM fields. 

PEC is supported by the US Department of Education's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement program.