Engineering Degrees

If you plan to study engineering, you will find that there are hundreds of schools in the United States offering engineering degrees. Engineering is such a hot and in-demand career that even community colleges offer courses and two-year degrees. There are also many types of engineering, so if an engineering degree is what you seek, there are many options available.

First of all, there are four main types of engineering degrees: associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate. The most common type is the bachelor's degree. This is the minimum degree you must have in order to become an engineer. A bachelor's degree can take nearly five years to complete because engineering is such a broad field. Although you may be able to get into the engineering field with just an associate's degree, you will likely start out as a technician assisting engineers. Plus, with so many aspiring engineers nowadays, competition is tough, so the more education you have, the better. There are also engineering degrees available at the master's level, but these are usually not required unless you plan to work in academics, such as a teacher. A master's degree can take an additional 18 months to complete. Very few colleges offer a doctorate degree in engineering. These are usually reserved for those who aspire to do extensive research in the field.

Because engineering is such a broad field, there are many types of engineering to choose from. Engineering degrees can be obtained in the specialties of aerospace, biomedicine, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical, environmental, health and safety, industrial, marine, materials, mechanical, mining, nuclear, petroleum and structural. Each one of these areas offers a variety of job duties as well as job security. Engineering degrees allow you to work virtually anywhere due to engineers being in demand all over.

If you are interested in becoming an engineer, but work full-time or have other responsibilities, you may want to consider online education. Many students receive engineering degrees online. There is no difference in course content whether you study on campus or online. It is convenient and flexible. You can study at any time of the day as long as you complete your homework. You can study in your pajamas and in the comfort of your own home or anywhere with Internet access. Because you can study for engineering degrees virtually anywhere, there is no need to relocate or worry about commuting. Because you will spend no time commuting, you may have extra time to finish your degree sooner than you expected. Also, because engineering uses computer modeling and simulations, you can utilize this technology from home without having to attend a computer lab on campus. However, online education is not for everyone. If you are very social and desire to interact in person, you may not enjoy online learning. Also, not all engineering degrees can be completed online. Many schools still do not offer it, or they may only offer it for specific specialties within engineering. Therefore, you may need to do some research to find an online program that meets your education and career goals.

If you are interested in obtaining not one, but two, engineering degrees, some colleges offer accelerated programs. These programs allow students to study for both a bachelor's and master's degree at the same time and actually graduate sooner than if they studied for a bachelor's degree only. In addition, there is the cost savings by not having to be in school for six years. However, these types of programs are not for everyone. Obtaining engineering degrees through an accelerated program is very challenging and fast-paced. It takes an extensive amount of dedication and hard work to pass these classes. The admissions process alone is very selective. Students must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the classes.

Last Updated: 06/08/2014

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