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Even when the national economy is sluggish, employment opportunities for graduates with one of the bachelor of engineering degrees have surpassed those for graduates of most other majors. Opportunities for graduates in all engineering fields are good. Opportunities are especially good for members of minority groups.
Often times we are asked, "What engineering field will be best for employment in 4-5 years?" Unfortunately, history has shown predictions of this kind to be inaccurate. Ours are no better. We would certainly not endorse anyone making a career decision based on any such predictions of the future.
Another way to ask this question is: "Is there an engineering degree that guarantees a high paying job upon graduation?" This question is easy to answer: "NO." Students entering engineering just because they are misinformed in this regard are the very first to leave. Just as in any other field, employers are looking to hire the very best graduates in engineering. Because of the outstanding reputation of UW-Madison and our network of alumni, our graduates have a head start on a successful job search when they graduate, but they still must show desirable credentials, beyond a basic degree, to be considered employable.
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