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Aerospace Engineering

What do they do?

Aerospace engineers design, develop and test aircraft, spacecraft and missiles and supervise the manufacture of these products. Aerospace engineers also use aerospace technology in remote sensing and product-oriented fields, including wind energy and automotive industries.

Where do they work?

  • Aircraft, guided missile and space vehicle industries
  • National research laboratories
  • Commercial airlines
  • Federal government agencies
  • Wind energy industry
  • Automotive industry

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $57,500 - $64,000.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Architectural Engineering

What do they do?

Architectural engineering focuses on engineered building systems, which include structural systems: i.e. design of the building exterior; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; lighting and power systems; as well as in the efficient energy utilization and construction methods of buildings. These engineers center their attention on the safety, comfort, cost and construction methods of the built environment.

Where do they work?

  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Construction companies
  • Environmental companies
  • Design agencies
  • Government agencies

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $53,000 - $58,000.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Chemical Engineering

What do they do?

Chemical engineers are concerned with the chemical processes that turn raw materials into valuable products. They design processes where materials undergo a chemical or physical change. Chemical engineers build a bridge between science and manufacturing, applying the principles of chemistry, physics, math, biology and engineering to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals.

Where do they work?

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Environmental companies
  • Healthcare and pharmaceuticals firms
  • Petroleum and energy industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Consulting firms

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $63,000 - $75,000.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Civil Engineering

What do they do?

Civil engineers plan, design, construct and oversee public and private infrastructure systems as well as maintain essential structures such as highways, bridges, buildings, dams and water and wastewater systems.

Where do they work?

  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Construction industry
  • State departments of transportation
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Petroleum and gas companies
  • City, state and federal government
  • Major industrial and commercial centers

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $49,200 - $59,000.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Computer Engineering

What do they do?

Computer engineers focus on all aspects of computational devices and systems, including both hardware and software. Some examples include notebook computers (Vaio), music players (iPod), embedded systems (anti-lock brakes), video game consoles (Wii), robotics (Segway), computer generated imagery (Pixar), virtual reality (Flight Simulator), integrated circuits ("Intel Inside"), and computer networking (Internet).

Where do they work?

  • Computer industry
  • Telecommunications
  • Government and defense
  • Software companies
  • Consulting firms

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $57,200 - $69,900.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Computer Science

What do they do?

Computer scientists focus on the theory and practice of computing. Examples include expert systems (medical diagnostics), social networking (Facebook), online merchandising (eBay), online search engines (Google), business and home software (MS Office), geographic mapping tools (Google Earth), video games (Guitar Hero), video sharing (YouTube), artificial intelligence (Watson), Web-based collaboration (Wikipedia).

Where do they work?

  • Software companies
  • Computer systems analysis firms
  • Government and defense
  • Telecommunications industry
  • Consulting firms

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $53,750 - $70,305.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Electrical Engineering

What do they do?

Electrical engineers work with a broad range of electrical and electronic devices and systems. Examples include mobile communication, solar energy (solar panels), hybrid electric cars (Prius), wireless communications (Bluetooth), satellite systems (GPS), medical diagnostic tools (ultrasound), photonics (endoscopy), digital video (HDTV), bio-electronics (pacemakers), and radar (Doppler weather radar).

Where do they work?

  • Telecommunications
  • Consumer electronics
  • Public utilities
  • Government and defense
  • Consulting firms

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $62,000 - $69,100.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

 

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Engineering Physics

What do they do?

Engineering Physicists combine an extensive background in physics—the science that underlies modern technology—with an engineering degree. Their broad training and technical breadth provide a unique flexibility. They have the science background to pursue pure research opportunities, the engineering degree and design concentration to solve practical problems in industry or a wide variety of other settings, as well as the understanding to act as a communication link between highly diversified divisions within an organization. The KU engineering physics program is jointly administered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Engineering.  KU engineering physics students specialize in one of four design concentrations: Aerospace Systems, Chemical Systems, Digital Electronic Systems, or Electromechanical Control Systems.

Where do they work?

  • Aerospace and avionics industries
  • Electronics industry
  • Research and development laboratories
  • Telecommunications firms
  • Design and consulting firms
  • Government agencies and defense contractors

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $59,454 - $61,902.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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Information Technology

What do they do?

Information technology graduates will have a background in mathematics and sciences, programming and software development, system administration, information security, web systems and technologies, system integration, computer networking, data management, operating systems and multimedia systems. They will be able to address the IT needs of the users in an organization by identifying, creating, applying and integrating state-of-the-art computing technologies.

Where do they work?

Graduates with degrees in information technology can work in any and all industries.

What are they paid?

Typical salaries will vary depending on the IT career path. .

 

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Interdisciplinary Computing

What do they do?

Interdisciplinary computing students utilize computing within the context of another discipline.

Graduates collaborate with scientists or other professionals, applying their computing expertise to large-scale problems.  They might utilize grid computing to study the first few picoseconds after the “Big Bang” or process enormous data streams from telescopic mapping experiments to analyze the orbits of potential Earth-crossing asteroids.  They could manage and expand biological databases to study the causes of worldwide biodiversity decline, apply machine-learning techniques to design better chemotherapies, or develop optimization techniques to locate tornado sirens for maximum population coverage.

Their expertise in two fields provides the ability to more efficiently and economically develop new computing applications and technologies for their field of specialization.  KU Interdisciplinary computing students specialize in one of six concentrations:  Astronomy, biology, chemistry, geography, journalism, and physics

Where do they work?

  • Academic labs
  • Computational biology
  • Computational physics
  • Government-sponsored labs
  • Geographic mapping industry
  • Computational astronomy
  • Computational chemistry

What are they paid?

Because this is such a new degree field no information about salary offers is yet available. It is anticipated salaries will be similar to those of computer science graduates.

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $53,750 - $70,305.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

 

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Mechanical Engineering

What do they do?

Mechanical engineers use principles of mechanics and energy to develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, machines, motors, engines and other mechanical devices. They also work in areas such as medicine and medical devices, patent law, business, forensic engineering and engineering sales.

KU Mechanical Engineering students have the opportunity to complete real-world projects as part of their education, work with companies to deliver capstone senior design projects or participate in cutting-edge research sponsored by companies.  Alumni on the Advisory Board provide guidance on skill sets and curricula that are most needed in industry.

Where do they work?

  • Aerospace and automotive industries
  • Design, construction and consulting firms
  • Manufacturing and plant operations
  • Power generation
  • Bioengineering firms
  • Alternative energy, sustainability and conservation firms
  • Petroleum industry
  • Transportation firms

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $57,500 - $66,756.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

 

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Petroleum Engineering

What do they do?

Petroleum engineers are involved in the exploration and production of oil or natural gas. Once these resources are discovered, petroleum engineers work to understand the geologic formation and properties of the rock containing the reservoir, determine the drilling methods to be used, and monitor drilling and production operations. They design equipment and processes to achieve the maximum profitable recovery of oil and gas.

Where do they work?

  • Major oil and gas companies
  • Independent oil exploration firms
  • Production and service companies

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates - National average starting salary range of $46,000 - $85,369.

(National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey)

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