US News and World Report recently released their rankings for the best engineering jobs in the US…

Environmental Engineer

 #1 in Best Engineering Jobs

Environmental engineers combine knowledge of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to solve environmental problems. A huge part of the job is working to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, water and air pollution control. Employment will grow about 12 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the BLS.more

6,800
Projected Jobs
$84,560
Median Salary
0.8%
Unemployment Rate

Mechanical Engineer

 #2 in Best Engineering Jobs

Someone with a mechanical engineering degree has many job options for his or her career path. The skills of a mechanical engineer are needed in many industries and on many types of projects, from vehicle manufacturing to nanotechnology. Mechanical engineers are involved in the production of mechanical instruments and tools from start to finish, and their work includes aspects of design, development and testing. The BLS predicts a 5 percent growth in this job field by 2024, which translates to about 14,600 new jobs.more

14,600
Projected Jobs
$83,590
Median Salary
1.6%
Unemployment Rate

Cartographer

 #3 in Best Engineering Jobs

A modern road trip may not include nearly as many paper maps as it used to, but cartographers, who are map artists in a sense, are still in demand as online maps and technologies continue to change and develop. Employment is set to grow by 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the BLS.more

3,600
Projected Jobs
$61,880
Median Salary
3.6%
Unemployment Rate

Civil Engineer

 #4 in Best Engineering Jobs

From the street in front of your home to the Golden Gate Bridge, civil engineers are responsible for the design and maintenance of public works and facilities. Civil engineers are involved from start to finish in the process of constructing buildings, bridges and roads. The BLS predicts that 23,600 civil engineering jobs will open from 2014 to 2024.more

23,600
Projected Jobs
$82,220
Median Salary
1.5%
Unemployment Rate

Petroleum Engineer

 #5 in Best Engineering Jobs

Petroleum engineers design equipment that extracts oil from reservoirs, which are deep pockets of rock that contain oil and gas deposits. They spend a lot of time gathering and analyzing data to extract the oil in the safest and most cost-effective ways possible. From 2014 to 2024, the BLS expects the profession to grow at a rate of 10 percent, which should shake out to 3,400 new petroleum engineering jobs.more

3,400
Projected Jobs
$129,990
Median Salary
4.0%
Unemployment Rate

Biomedical Engineer

 #6 in Best Engineering Jobs

Biomedical engineering is a broad field, with job opportunities in areas including medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturing and scientific research. The BLS predicts that employment will grow by about 23 percent from 2014 to 2024.more

5,100
Projected Jobs
$86,220
Median Salary
9.0%
Unemployment Rate

Architect

 #7 in Best Engineering Jobs

From the foundation up, architects oversee the design and creation of buildings ranging from schools to skyscrapers. According to the BLS, 7,800 new jobs are expected to open for architects from 2014 to 2024.more

7,800
Projected Jobs
$76,100
Median Salary
1.9%
Unemployment Rate

Environmental Engineering Technician

 #8 in Best Engineering Jobs

Environmental engineering technician positions are ideal for team-oriented workers, as these professionals collaborate with other technicians and engineers to develop plans and create devices to reduce environmental pollution. The BLS predicts employment in this field will grow 10 percent by 2024more

1,900
Projected Jobs
$48,650
Median Salary
3.6%
Unemployment Rate