Does getting a bachelor's degree in materials engineering/science lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage materials engineering/science majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:
Technically, about 15.6% of materials engineering/science graduates are currently not working. However, only 3.2% are classified as "unemployed," while 12.4% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.
This chart lets you see whether materials engineering/science majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.
How does the median (middle) salary for materials engineering/science majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.
Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for materials engineering/science majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.
The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering/science. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.
How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that materials engineering/science has more men than most other degrees.
The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of materials engineering/science majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.
For materials engineering/science graduates, men generally earn 23% more than women. This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.
The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering/science can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.
What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for materials engineering/science graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?
Can materials engineering/science majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for materials engineering/science majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all ceramic sciences and engineering completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 27% at the graduate level.
The donut shows the degree levels awarded in ceramic sciences and engineering today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in materials engineering/science when in college.
We know that about 50% materials engineering/science majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of materials engineering/science majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 72% of other fields.
We saw above that 50% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in materials engineering/science, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in materials engineering/science by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.
The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.
Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?
As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree materials engineering/science. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in ceramic sciences and engineering and 6 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the materials engineering/science degree.
Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering/science, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in ceramic sciences and engineering. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.
Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by materials engineering/science graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.
What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have materials engineering/science as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of materials engineering/science majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering is part of a larger collection of programs: Engineering. Is there a different program that's close to Ceramic Sciences and Engineering that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.