# Best Jobs for Mechanical Engineering Graduates

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If you are thinking about pursuing a mechanical engineering degree, in the middle of one or have just finished, you may be interested to know what options you have in front of you with regards to your career path. Once you have graduated, you will be pleased to know that with a mechanical engineering degree you can work in almost all disciplines within the engineering field. This gives you a lot of variety, and choice between industries, but which one should you choose and what are the best options? In the list below we will go through some of options available to you, and what each option brings to the table. Salaries are accurate as of September 2020.

## 5. Petroleum Engineer

The petroleum industry is known as the most lucrative engineering field by a long way. Working in this field you will be evaluating oil and gas reservoirs to determine their viability and possibility of making money. Managing the operation and installation of equipment will also be included in the responsibilities for this role. The only downside to this role is that petroleum engineers are expected to spend extended periods at drilling sites, meaning they could be away for more than 6 weeks at a time, and most of the time this would be overseas. They also commonly work 84-hour rotations at the drilling site. The average pay for a petroleum engineer in the US in 2020 is a whopping $101,000! This takes into account entry-level petroleum engineers with no experience that make on average$84,000 per year, and very experienced petroleum engineers making a generous \$155,000 per year. Jobs for petroleum engineers will grow by 3% between 2019 and 2029.

These are just five of the many possible (probably in the hundreds!) career paths that a mechanical engineering graduate can take. Each path will have its own training process and requirements that will have to be learned and adapted to, as is expected with all new roles.

Ryan Clancy is a mechanical engineer and blogger. With 4+ years of mechanical engineering experience, he's passionate about all things engineering, especially mechanical, and bringing engineering down to a level that everyone can understand. Ryan lives in New York City, and writes about mechanical and all other types of engineering, at Mechanical Engineering HQ.