So you have decided which type of course you would like to study, but it can be confusing when there are so many programs to choose from. When choosing a course it is important to make sure that the subjects studied within the course are the ones you wish to study, this allows you to work towards your strengths. It is also worth looking at teaching methodologies, do you prefer theory or practical. Whilst most courses incorporate both hands on learning and theory there can be a vast difference in the proportion of time spent doing either. There is a varying rate of tuition fees charged across different universities and also in class sizes, so it is important to do your homework when thinking about which university to apply for.
Engineering courses can be specialised towards a particular discipline. Two examples include petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering. Both of these careers can provide you with a rewarding career and a hefty bank balance and it is not uncommon to be earning figures in the range of $100,000.
Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paying occupations in America. Natural gas and oil resources are one of the biggest concerns worldwide and there is a growing need for graduates in this field. The Bureau of Labour Statistics states that the average salary within this sector is $139,000. The majority of petroleum engineers work in the oil and gas industry and may be involved in extraction and refinement of these resources.
Courses are available at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is important to make sure that the course is accredited by ABET. Study options range from the traditional university attendance route or online. There are a lot of courses to choose from and although there is no doubt that this is an arduous course to study, this is balanced by the high employment rates once qualified.
Alternatively your interest in engineering may be of a more mechanical type. Mechanical engineers can find employment in a wide range of sectors and can specialise in the type of machinery they are interested in. The range of courses in this sector is vast. Courses have a strong practical element, so if you like getting your hands dirty then this could be the course for you.
As with all programs of study, check out the individual subjects that make up the course. Post graduate employment rates are high and once qualified there are plenty of add on courses you can study to increase your expertise.