Master's degree in engineering: is it worth it?

  1. Feb 20, 2008 #1
    will a master's degree in any engineering field really give you a significant advantasge in the job market?

    does it vary for different disciplines of engineering?
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  3. Feb 20, 2008 #2

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    Well in Civil Engineering most people just stay with their Bachelor's, althought in the near future having a Master is going to be the norm, so i say go ahead and get one, too.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2008 #3

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    Master's degrees are often prerequisites for some of the most interesting kinds of engineering jobs. On the other hand, you can find employment just fine with only a bachelor's.

    - Warren
     
  5. Feb 20, 2008 #4
    what kind of jobs would be the more interesting jobs?
    Like, for cheme or ee, what would be some of the jobs exclusive to those with a masters?
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  6. Feb 20, 2008 #5

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    Well, as a design engineer, you might need a master's to get real consideration for jobs involving mission critical applications like life support (implantable medical devices), space exploration, etc.

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  7. Feb 20, 2008 #6
    just curious if there is a big difference in salary of bs and masters
     
  8. Feb 20, 2008 #7

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    Yep. Usually it's about a 20% difference.

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  9. Feb 20, 2008 #8
    Note, 20% in exchange for 2 years (200%) means 10 years to make up the difference. At which point you have 10 years experience as an engineer which will decrease the margin. Round that down a bit for whatever you're making in grad school...it's really just an estimate anyway.

    So the best reason to do it is because of your interests, not money.
     
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  10. Feb 20, 2008 #9
    20% is not a big enough difference to justify it monetarily. It's nothing like the difference between a BSEE and JD (100-200%).

    Do it if it interests you, but I don't know of too many of my friends going on to get their masters for the income bump.
     
  11. Feb 20, 2008 #10
    From my understanding, a Master's in CivE goes further than a master's in another engineering discipline.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2008 #11
    Sure, if you want to do civil engineering. It's probably not so helpful if you want to play with electronics.
     
  13. Feb 21, 2008 #12
    What is a BSEE and JD?
     
  14. Feb 21, 2008 #13
    Engineering Bachelor's & Law Degree

    The research the latter gets you into isn't exactly what I had in mind when I signed up for this ride.
     
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