What Can I Do with This Major?

All Engineering Disciplines

Applicable Study Areas for All Engineering Disciplines:

  • Research and development
  • Design Production
  • Operations Management
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Sales and marketing
  • Law
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Engineering companies
  • Consulting companies
  • Industry Local, state, and federal government
  • Colleges and universities

Computer Science

Applicable Study Areas for Computer Science:

  • Information protection
  • Computational science
  • Operating systems and computer architecture
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer vision and robotics
  • Application systems
  • Scientific research
  • Business
  • Maintenance Research and development
  • Implementation Planning/Analysis
  • Software design and usability
  • Building/Coding
  • Integration/Testing
  • Project management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Machine learning
  • Software development
  • Frontend/Backend development
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer graphics
  • Internet programming
  • Biometrics

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Engineering companies
  • Computer systems design firms
  • Software developers
  • Data processing/Management firms
  • Contract and temporary employers
  • Most areas of business, government and non-governmental organizations:
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Computer companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Entertainment companies
  • Environmental management firms
  • Transportation companies
  • Education institutions
  • Research institutions
  • City, state, and federal government

Computer Engineering

Applicable Study Areas for Computer Engineering:

  • Communications and wireless networks
  • Computer networks
  • Computer systems
  • Embedded systems
  • Computer vision and robotics
  • Circuit design
  • Signal, image, and speech processing
  • VLSI
  • Bioinformatics
  • Robotics
  • Machine learning
  • Processor architecture and design
  • Programmable devices

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Computer and electronics manufacturers
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunications
  • Guidance and control systems
  • Defense
  • Electric power and energy/Semiconductor
  • Scientific service companies (e.g., instruments, lab equipment, software)
  • Electronics
  • Environmental
  • Medical equipment
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Computer
  • Pulp and paper
  • Textile and metal
  • Technical service companies (e.g., intelligence, information systems, defense)
  • Financial and business service companies
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Federal government:
  • Armed forces
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Transportation
  • National Institutes of Health

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Applicable Study Areas for Civil & Environmental Engineering:

  • Structural
  • Urban planning
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Water resources
  • Transportation
  • Geotechnical
  • Air quality
  • Water quality
  • Solid/Water waste management
  • Toxic waste management
  • Hazardous waste clean-up/bioremediation
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Radiation protection
  • Public health
  • Land/Wildlife management
  • Recycling

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Construction industry
  • Utility companies
  • Oil companies
  • Telecommunications businesses
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Railroads
  • Airports
  • Road construction companies
  • Engineering and architectural companies
  • Consulting companies

City, state, and federal government:

  • Department of Transportation
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of Energy

Construction Management

Applicable Study Areas for Construction Management:

  • Law and contracts
  • Construction materials and usage methods
  • Quantity surveying and document analysis
  • Construction Safety (OSHA)
  • Site soil and foundation
  • Steel and wood design
  • Field inspections
  • Cost estimation and control
  • Construction scheduling
  • Project management
  • Construction automation

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Energy
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Public Works

Mechanical Engineering

Applicable Study Areas for Mechanical Engineering:

  • Machine design
  • Systems design
  • Manufacturing and production
  • HVAC/Energy conversion
  • Energy resources
  • Transportation and environmental impact
  • Materials and structures
  • Aerodynamics
  • Solar/Renewable energy
  • Vehicle design
  • Nanomaterials
  • Robotics
  • Automatic controls
  • Ventilation systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • 3D Modeling

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Chemical products
  • Petroleum
  • Textiles
  • Industrial equipment
  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Utility companies
  • National laboratories

Federal government:

  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Defense
  • Federal Aviation Administration

Electrical Engineering

Applicable Study Areas for Electrical Engineering:

  • Automatic systems and controls
  • Bioelectronics
  • Digital systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Analog electronics
  • Power and energy systems
  • Communications and signal processing
  • Signal processing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photovoltaic devices and systems
  • Radar/Antenna engineering
  • Transmission lines
  • Sensors
  • Solid-state devices
  • Optoelectronic systems

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Computer and electronics manufacturers
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunications, guidance and control systems
  • Defense
  • Electric power and energy/Semiconductor
  • Technical service companies (e.g., intelligence, information systems, defense)
  • Scientific service companies (e.g., instruments, lab equipment, software)
  • Electronics
  • Environmental
  • Medical equipment
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Computer
  • Pulp and paper
  • Textile and metal
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Federal government:

  • Armed forces
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Transportation
  • National Institutes of Health

Entertainment Engineering & Design

Applicable Study Areas for Entertainment Engineering & Design:

  • Venue design
  • Animatronics
  • Kinetic structures
  • Structural engineering
  • Acoustics
  • Motion capture
  • Robot control
  • Controls/Rigging systems
  • Entertainment sound
  • Product design
  • Multi-media design
  • Materials and structures
  • Automatic systems and controls
  • Machine design
  • As an interdisciplinary program, there is crossover with Mechanical Engineering, Civl Engineering, and Computer/Electrical Engineering

Hiring Industries Include:

  • Entertainment venues
  • Touring productions
  • Amusement parks
  • Broadcast technology
  • Scenic/Entertainment systems
  • Theatrical facilities

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Career Readiness

Career readiness of college graduates is of critical importance in higher education, in the labor market, and in the public arena. Yet, up until now, “career readiness” has been undefined, making it difficult for leaders in higher education, work force development, and public policy to work together effectively to ensure the career readiness of today’s graduates.

In accordance with its mission to lead the community focused on the employment of the new college graduate, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), through a task force comprised of representatives from both the higher education and corporate sides, has developed a definition and identified seven competencies associated with career readiness for the new college graduate.

Career Readiness

The attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Oral/Written Communications

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Teamwork/Collaboration

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Information Technology Application

Select and use appropriate technology to accomplish a given task. The individual is also able to apply computing skills to solve problems.

Leadership

Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Professionalism/Work Ethic

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Career Management

Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.