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Career Potential in Engineering, CS Leads Other Majors

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Charles Spahr with KU Students
High School students looking for a rewarding career would do well to consider majoring in engineering or computer science.

Recent news releases and reports point to the top majors for best earnings potential. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) lists several engineering and technology majors at the top the list.

“Many of the engineering disciplines benefit from an imbalance in the supply/demand ratio,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.  “Even in a tight job market, there are simply more opportunities requiring an engineering degree than graduates available to fill those positions. That drives salaries up.”

Although students in engineering and computer science face a challenging curriculum, the rewards after graduation extend far beyond the starting salaries. Graduates from the University of Kansas School of Engineering have worked on a variety of projects that have had major impact on the world. They include:

  • Brian McClendon, director of engineering at Google and co-creator of Google Earth,

  • Joe Bauman, part of the team that created the successful IBM PC in the 1980’s,

  • Alan Mulally, project manager for Boeing’s 777 aircraft and current president and CEO of Ford Motor Co.,

  • Charles Spahr, the late leader of Standard Oil of Ohio, which created the Trans-Alaska Pipeline,

  • Rear Adm. Wayne Meyer, ret., director of the AEGIS Shipbuilding Project of the U.S. Navy, and many others.

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