Engineering degrees are hot right now and there’s no surprise why: they are in high demand, are high paying, and are stable. Those are reason enough for us to say that college bound veterans need to explore getting an engineering degree.

High Demand & Stability

Engineers are problem solvers. There will always be problems in our world, in industry, & in the environments we live in. There will never be a day when all problems are solved, and therefore, there will always be a need for engineers! The bottom line: to keep our world constantly evolving and improving, we need engineers. To become one you must have an engineering degree.

How good would it feel to go into an industry knowing that you with that degree under your belt will always be needed?! (Sounds pretty great to us!) That’s why engineering degrees are so hot right now for veterans. Separating from the military can be scary with uncertainty as to where your next paycheck will come from and how the civilian world works. Getting an engineering degree will make the uncertainty disappear. Engineering degree curriculum always includes co-ops which is when instead of going to class for a semester, you are actually working in the field and learning. Many engineering students have such a great experience at their co-op that they end up getting a job there after graduating.


Because there are so many different engineering specialties, it’s hard to give one specific number that is the median starting salary for all engineers. However, from our research we have found that as an entry level engineer, you can expect to make between $60,000 – $75,000. Mid-career salaries for most specialties are over $100,000 and then once you reach an experienced level, the salary goes up again.

This is another reason why engineering degrees are hot among veterans. A career in engineering will help you to provide for your family. (Isn’t that what we all want at the end of the day?) Furthermore, the growth opportunities you have in the field are tremendous. Starting salaries vary differently from those with years of experience. Therefore, sticking with engineering will literally pay off.

What Engineering Sector Suits You & Your Lifestyle?

Here are some bite sized synopses of a handful of engineering specialties:

Mechanical Engineer: This is the broadest engineering field. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They investigate equipment failures and how to make them better. They design machines inside buildings. Some mechanical engineers use computers extensively.

Computer Engineer: Computer engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. Their job is very programming and hardware focused. They tinker and test and then oversee the manufacturing of the new equipment.

Civil Engineer: This specialty most notably focuses on solving problems related to structural, transportation, environmental, maritime, and geotechnical. They design and build our roads, railways, airports and ports, our power stations, waste management systems, sports stadiums, and pretty much everything in between.

Chemical Engineer:  Chemical Engineers design chemical plant equipment and create processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering. It’s more of an office-style and research heavy job.

If you have experiences from the military that overlap with any of the aforementioned specialities then you are already on the road to success! Having real world experience in your back pocket before even starting your degree will help you to excel in your coursework and to better understand where you want to end up afterwards.

Connect with one of our schools & learn about their engineering degrees:

University of Dayton 

Marquette University

Syracuse University

New England Institution of Technology