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Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering

Basic statistics every mechanical engineer needs.

Statistics for Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering

There is a lot of information mechanical engineers need when they start looking for entry-level mechanical engineering jobs. The following are important statistics to understand when you start searching for your first entry-level mechanical engineering job.

What do Mechanical Engineers Do?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering fields. Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

How many Mechanical Engineers are there?

Currently there are 316,300 mechanical engineers working in the United States of America. This represents 19% of the total engineers working in the United States.

Number of Mechanical Engineers in the United States

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest engineering disciplines. Having a large discipline means that you should be able to find jobs in their career field in almost every city within the United States.

Are Advanced Degrees Required?

Most engineers struggle with the decision on pursuing an advanced degree. For entry-level engineering jobs, the more technical the job is, the higher the chance it will require an advanced degree.

To understand how many mechanical engineers go on to get advanced degrees, reference the table below.

Mechanical Engineering - Advanced Degrees

Based on the data, 28% (7,169/25,436) of mechanical engineering students go on to get a master’s degree and approximately 6% (1,646/25,436) pursue a doctoral degree in a given year. For a master’s degree and doctoral degree, this is below the engineering average.

Inside an engineering discipline, some jobs can require an advanced degree while others do not. The only true way to know if you will need an advanced degree for the entry-level mechanical engineering job you want, is to look at job postings. If all of the jobs you are interested in require an advanced degree, it means you need to go and get one.

Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering Jobs Created

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the future job growth for each field of engineering.  Based on the data, there will be 12,400 jobs created in Mechanical Engineering over the next 10-years.

It can be assumed that the job growth is in entry-level jobs. This is due to the actual creation of entry-level jobs, or creation of higher-level jobs that are filled with the existing workforce opening up entry-level positions.

Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering Job Growth

Based on the new job growth as a percentage of the existing job market, the projected yearly growth is 3.9% for entry-level mechanical engineering jobs. The average growth rate for all entry-level engineering jobs is 4.1% per year.

Job growth for mechanical engineering is almost the same as compared to engineering as a whole. Higher job growth in an industry is attractive because it equates to more opportunities in that field in the future.

Competition Index For Entry-Level
Mechanical Engineering Jobs

At the Job Formula, we like to calculate the competition index for different types of engineering jobs. To do this, we divide the total number of graduates in a discipline by the total number of jobs available in that discipline. This calculation shows how many graduates there are for each available job.

The lower the competition index the better. A competition index of one (1) means that there is one graduate for every one job.

The competition index for entry-level mechanical engineering jobs is 2.4. This is above the competition index for the average engineering discipline of 1.5. This means there is almost two and half mechanical engineering graduates for every one entry level job.

Competition for Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering Jobs

We calculate the competition index to give graduate engineers an idea of the type of competition they will face when they start looking for their first job.

Please note that competition will vary inside an engineering field based on the type of industry, the location and how attractive a job is.

Industries for Entry-Level Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineering is a diverse degree which means you can work in many different industries. The follow are the top five industries that hire mechanical engineers.

Mechanical Engineering Industries

The percent of total employment means out of all mechanical engineers, how many are working in that one industry.

If you are looking for an entry-level mechanical engineering job, these are the best industries to start with.

Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering Job Salary

The average entry-level mechanical engineering salary is shown below. Additionally, the average mechanical engineering salary, the bottom 10% and top 10% salaries are shown.

Entry-Level Mechanical Engineering Salary

Entry-level mechanical engineering salaries are below the industry average for entry-level salaries.

At Job Formula, we preach enjoying your job over seeking out a high salary. If you enjoy your job, you are more likely to move up in the position. The Top 10% of any engineering degree field is higher than the mean annual salary of the highest paying degree field. Find a job you like and try to move toward that top 10%.

Resources for Entry-Level Mechanical Engineers

The formula we have been taught since we were small children is just not true. Getting a college degree does not guarantee you a great job. If the formula worked, over 49% of college graduates would not report that they found it hard or extremely hard to find their first job.

Universities are failing engineering students because they are not training them on how to go from getting a degree to getting an entry-level engineering job.

The Job Formula will help you learn what you need to learn to get hired! See our free resources below to get started.

The Winning Engineering Resume

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Entry-Level Engineering Blog

Job Formula’s engineering blog is dedicated to helping entry-level engineers get hired. On the blog, you will find articles on internships, cover letters, resumes, interviews and more, all geared toward engineers!

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*The information on this page was pulled together from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other various resources. The information is intended for education purposes only.