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Graduate Studies

Masters Degree Job Opportunities

A masters degree is regarded by most employers as at least one year of experience beyond the bachelors degree. Typically, an engineer with a masters will generally receive a higher level of decision making and engineering responsibility than an engineer with a bachelors (and should earn a proprotionally higher first year salary). An engineer with an M.S. is expected to have a deeper level of knowledge and may be assigned more open-ended or more technically complex problems to solve. While some people continue on to a masters degree immediately after a bachelors, others may delay plans for graduate school. Some engineers employed in industry work on masters degrees part time (which can be a long process) while others may return to school full time. This could be desirable as a way to advance within one's current field, or as a way to develop expertise in a new field.

Ph.D. Degree Job Opportunities

It takes a fairly long-term commitment to obtain a doctoral degree or Ph.D. In the AEM department, the Ph.D. normally requires 3-5 years of study beyond the masters. The nature of study is also different from the masters. A Ph.D. student spends a low percentage of time in class and a high percentage of time doing independent research. Typically, the Ph.D. program trains an engineer to be able to initiate, perform, and direct independent research. Usually, Ph.D. students collaborate closely with an advisor on the research direction and progress.

Job opportunities for engineers with Ph.D.'s are often quite specialized. Graduates of the AEM program go on to work at universities, research laboratories, and start-up companies. In general, a new Ph.D. is given a high degree of responsibility. In industry or at a government research lab, the Ph.D. graduate might work independently, as part of a team of Ph.D.'s, or as a leader of other engineers and technicians. At a university, the new Ph.D. would probably be involved in both research and teaching.

Our graduates go on to careers in industry, academia, and government research.

Click here for some current job opportunities.

Some of the companies and educational institutions that employ our recent graduates are listed below:

Employment of AEM Graduates
Industry/Government Laboratories
3M Hughes Missile Systems Division
Algor, Incorporated Intel
Amoco Company Intevep, Venezuela
Asea Brown Boveri Kachin Technologies
Bell Helicopters Lockheed Martin
Boeing NASA/ Dryden Research Center
CFD Research (CFDRC) NASA/ Ames
Control Data NASA/ Edwards
Coulter Corporation Paranetics Parachute Compoany
Daimler Benz Petrobras, Brazil
Engineering Technology Associates Praxiar
Exxon Rocketdyne
Flexmedics Rockewell
Flomerics Sandia National Labs
FMC Science Applications International (SAIC)
Ford Motor Company The Aerospace Corporation
General Dynamics TRW
General Electric TSI, Incorporated
Gillette Children's Hospital United Technologies Research Center
Arizona State University Universidad Del Valle, Columbia
Baylor College of Medicine Univerista De Padova
California Institute of Technology University of Californai, Davis
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences University of Chicago
Institut de Mechanique de Grenoble University of Kuwait
Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of New Mexico
Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore University of Pennsylvania
Technion, Israel University of Wisconsin
Princeton University  

Last Modified: 2016-08-11 at 14:55:24 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation