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Science and Engineering
Doctoral degrees in science and engineering prepare graduates for exciting and challenging work in a number of different industries. Science-minded professional are needed to assume a number of important jobs in government as well as private sectors. Engineers are also suited for jobs in these industries and with a PhD, graduates can expect to assume leadership roles that use your strengths and talents to their fullest.
Finding an online program for your desired concentration can be difficult. Many schools now offer alternatives to their traditional programs, but each school can differ greatly in selection of specializations and programs. Several schools now specialize in online programs, including:
- Capella University
- Grand Canyon University
- Northcentral University
- University of the Rockies
- Walden University
My Degree and What It’s Good For
With a PhD in engineering or the sciences, you can work in a variety of different settings. Engineering has many subfields including electrical, civil, mechanical, biomedical, aerospace, and many more. Scientists can also focus on several areas of specialty such as:
- Applied Science
- Environmental Science
- Formal Science
- Life Science
- Natural Science
My Earning Potential
Mechanical engineers earned a mean annual wage of $83,550 in May 2011, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics while industrial engineers earned $79,840. Environmental scientists and other specialists earned a mean annual wage of $68,810 in May 2011. Keep in mind with a PhD, you may earn more, depending on your level of experience, type of employer, and area of specialty.