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Big Cash Awaits Chemical Engineering Graduates

Few days ago, I stumbled across a very interesting article (from Oklahama City Community College site) for chemical engineers. The article was written by David Miller and reveal how good chemical engineers a being paid in comparison with other engineering fields. Read the following article:

Students with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree after leaving OCCC will find that some fields are more lucrative than others.

Salaries in fields such as accounting, computer science, engineering and marketing are steadily rising for those holding a bachelor’s degree. OCCC offers associate degrees in each of those areas.

According to CNNMoney.com, engineering majors are paid the most, followed by marketing, accounting and computer science majors.

In the engineering field, chemical engineers are the most sought after in respect to salary offers. Offers being made to chemical engineers have increased 5.6 percent over the last year to an annual salary of $59,707, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

In addition, offers being made to civil and mechanical engineers rose by approximately 5 percent.

OCCC offers a pre-engineering degree, which enables an engineering major to branch out into any engineering field offered by four-year colleges such as the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

“In [OCCC’s] pre-engineering program, there are basic engineering science-type courses … Thermodynamics, Rigid Body Mechanics, Strengths and Properties of Materials, and Engineering Practice I,” said Max Simmons, science and mathematics dean.

“All of those can be the fundamental things you need to go on and take the higher-level courses and become an engineer.”

According to NACE, electrical engineering follows chemical engineering with an annual salary of $54,915, up 1.6 percent from 2006. Mechanical engineering is a close third with an annual salary of $54,695, up 5.7 percent from 2006. Although last, civil engineers still make a decent salary at $47,750 per year, up 4.8 percent from last year (MORE).

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